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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A worker skilled in making, using, or repairing machines, vehicles, and tools.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. mechanical; relating to the laws of motion in the art of constructing things
  • adj. Of or relating to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.
  • adj. base
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having to do with the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.
  • adj. Base.
  • n. The art of the application of the laws of motion or force to construction.
  • n. A mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc., into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments. Also, a technician who maintains or repairs machinery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as mechanical: now used chiefly in the phrase the mechanic arts.
  • Belonging to or characteristic of the class of mechanics; common; vulgar; mean.
  • Supporting the atomistic philosophy.
  • n. Mechanic art; mechanics.
  • n. Mechanism; structure.
  • n. A maker of machines or machinery; hence, any skilled worker with tools; one who has learned a trade; a workman whose occupation consists in the systematic manipulation and constructive shaping or application of materials; an artificer, artisan, or craftsman.
  • n. One who works mechanically; one who follows routine or rule in an occupation requiring careful thought or study: used opprobriously: as, a mere literary mechanic; the picture shows the artist to be only a mechanic.
  • n. A professional card-shuffler usually employed to deal faro in brace games.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling the action of a machine
  • n. a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools
  • n. someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles

Etymologies

From Middle English, mechanical, from Old French mecanique, from Latin mēchanicus, from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanē, machine, device; see magh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 (mēkhanikos, "pertaining to machines or contrivance, mechanic, ingenious, inventive"), from μηχανή (mēkhanē, "a machine, contrivance"); see machine. (Wiktionary)

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