Mechanic meaning

mĭ-kăn'ĭk
The definition of a mechanic is a person who makes, operates or repairs machines.

An example of a mechanic is the person who repairs your car.

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A worker skilled in making, using, or repairing machines, vehicles, and tools.
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A worker skilled in using tools or in making, operating, and repairing machines, often, specif., one whose occupation is repairing the engines, etc. of motor vehicles.
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(archaic) Mechanical; relating to the laws of motion in the art of constructing things.
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A skilled worker capable of building or repairing machinery. A mechanic can be compared to a technician, the distinction being that the technician is stronger in theory, the mechanic stronger in hands-on experience.
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A manual laborer.
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Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool.

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Origin of mechanic

  • From Middle English mechanical from Old French mecanique from Latin mēchanicus from Greek mēkhanikos from mēkhanē machine, device magh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English mechanike (“mechanic art"), from Old French mecanique, from Latin mechanicus (“of or belonging to machines or mechanics, inventive"), from Ancient Greek μηχανικός (mÄ“khanikos, “pertaining to machines or contrivance, mechanic, ingenious, inventive"), from μηχανή (mÄ“khanÄ“, “a machine, contrivance"); see machine.
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