from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to machines or tools: mechanical skill.
- adj. Operated or produced by a mechanism or machine: a mechanical toy dog.
- adj. Of, relating to, or governed by mechanics.
- adj. Performed or performing in an impersonal or machinelike manner; automatic: a droning, mechanical delivery of the speech.
- adj. Relating to, produced by, or dominated by physical forces: the mechanical aspect of trumpet playing.
- adj. Philosophy Interpreting and explaining the phenomena of the universe by referring to causally determined material forces; mechanistic.
- adj. Of or relating to manual labor, its tools, and its skills.
- n. Printing A layout consisting of type proofs, artwork, or both, exactly positioned and prepared for making an offset or other printing plate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characteristic of someone who does manual labour for a living; coarse, vulgar.
- adj. Related to mechanics (the branch of physics that deals with forces acting on mass).
- adj. Related to mechanics (the design and construction of machines).
- adj. Done by machine.
- adj. Using mechanics (the design and construction of machines): being a machine.
- adj. As if performed by a machine: lifeless or mindless.
- adj. Acting as if one were a machine: lifeless or mindless.
- adj. Handy with machines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with, mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the quantitative relations of force and matter on a macroscopic scale, as distinguished from
mental, vital, chemical, electrical, electronic, atomicetc.;
- adj. Of or pertaining to a machine or to machinery or tools; made or formed by a machine or with tools
- adj. Done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion; proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special intention or reflection
- adj. Made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence.
- adj. Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric.
- n. A mechanic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or exhibiting constructive power; of or pertaining to mechanism or machinery; also, dependent upon the use of mechanism; of the nature or character of a machine or machinery: as, mechanical inventions or contrivances; to do something by mechanical means.
- Machine-like; acting or actuated by or as if by machinery, or by fixed routine; lacking spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.; as applied to actions, automatic, instinctive, unconscious, etc.: as, the mechanical action of the heart; a mechanical musician.
- Having the characteristics of that which is produced by machinery or is artificially contrived; artificial; not spontaneous; not genuine or of natural growth; lacking life or spirit; humdrum.
- Of or pertaining to the material forces of nature acting on inanimate bodies or masses; specifically, pertaining to the principles or laws of mechanics: as, the mechanical effects of frost; the mechanical powers.
- Effected by material force or forces; consisting in the play of material forces: as, mechanical pressure.
- Exalting the material forces of the universe above the spiritual; subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic: as, the mechanical philosophy (specifically, atomism); a mechanical view of life.
- Belonging to or characteristic of mechanics or artisans, or their class; mechanic-like; having the character or status of an artisan; hence (chiefly in old writings), mean, low, or vulgar.
- Engaged in operating machines or machinery, or in superintending their operation: as, a mechanical engineer.
- Exhibiting or indicating skill in contrivance, invention, or the use of tools and machines: as, a mechanical genius; a mechanical turn of mind.
- Effected or controlled by physical forces that are not chemical: as, a mechanical mixture (that is, one in which the several ingredients still retain their identity, and are held together by no special force whether of cohesion or chemical attraction); mechanical decomposition.—
- n. A mechanic.
- n. plural The trade-name for common articles, such as overshoes, of vulcanized india-rubber, made by molding, and often of old reworked material.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices
- adj. relating to or concerned with machinery or tools
- adj. relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics
From Latin mēchanicus + -al. (Wiktionary)