Mechanism meaning

mĕkə-nĭzəm
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The definition of a mechanism is a machine or tool that redirects motion.
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Wheel - Effective at changing circular motion into linear motion.
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Within a machine or machinery; any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power.
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Pulley - Effective in transferring large amounts of weight.
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The theory or doctrine that all the phenomena of the universe, particularly life, can ultimately be explained in terms of matter moving in accordance with the laws of nature.
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Crank - Able to take circular or rotary motion and make it into a constantly turning or oscillating movement.

An example of a mechanism is a see-saw; motion is transferred evenly across a see-saw as long as there are equal amounts of force on both ends.

An example of a mechanism is a lever; the drection, strength and amount of movement is controled by a lever.

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A system of parts that operate or interact like those of a machine.

The mechanism of the solar system.

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An instrument or a process, physical or mental, by which something is done or comes into being.
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The working parts or arrangement of parts of a machine; works.

The mechanism of a clock.

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The mechanical aspect; technical part.
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A group of objects or parts that interact together. (as in Political machine)
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A mental, physical, or chemical process.
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(philosophy) A theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes.
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A habitual manner of acting to achieve an end.
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(psychology) A usually unconscious mental and emotional pattern that shapes behavior in a given situation or environment.

A defense mechanism.

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The sequence of steps in a chemical reaction.
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(philosophy) The doctrine that all natural phenomena are explicable by material causes and mechanical principles.
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Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements.
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Origin of mechanism

  • New Latin mēchanismus from Late Latin mēchanisma from Greek mēkhanē machine mechanic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin mechanismus, from Greek μηχανή (mekhanÄ“, “machine")

    From Wiktionary