American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A machine or mechanical appliance.
- n. The arrangement of connected parts in a machine.
- n. A system of parts that operate or interact like those of a machine: the mechanism of the solar system.
- n. An instrument or a process, physical or mental, by which something is done or comes into being: "The mechanism of oral learning is largely that of continuous repetition” ( T.G.E. Powell).
- n. A habitual manner of acting to achieve an end.
- n. Biology The involuntary and consistent response of an organism to a given stimulus.
- n. Psychology A usually unconscious mental and emotional pattern that shapes behavior in a given situation or environment: a defense mechanism.
- n. The sequence of steps in a chemical reaction.
- n. Philosophy The doctrine that all natural phenomena are explicable by material causes and mechanical principles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The structure of a machine, engine, or other contrivance for controlling or utilizing natural forces; the arrangement and relation of parts, or the parts collectively, in any machine, tool, or other contrivance; means of mechanical action; machinery; hence, the structure of anything that is conceived to resemble a machine.
- n. A mechanical contrivance or agency of any kind; in general, the apparatus, means, or mode by which particular effects are produced or purposes accomplished: as, the mechanism of a musical instrument (the apparatus by means of which the performer acts upon it); the mechanism of a play or of a poem; the mechanism of government.
- n. Action according to the laws of mechanics; mechanical action.
- n. Within a machine or machinery; any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power
- n. Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements
- n. A group of objects or parts that interact together. (as in Political machine)
- n. A mental, physical, or chemical process.
- n. philosophy A theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect
- n. The series of causal relations that operate to produce an effect in any system.
- n. Mechanical operation or action.
- n. (Kinematics) An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
- n. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
- n. device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
- n. a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function
- n. the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction
- n. the technical aspects of doing something
- From Latin mechanismus, from Greek μηχανή (mekhanē, "machine") (Wiktionary)
- New Latin mēchanismus, from Late Latin mēchanisma, from Greek mēkhanē, machine; see mechanic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This mechanism is a common one to RTD, so it's not surprising that it was used in CoE.”
“Just ONE gesture … the mechanism is already in place.”
“Eric: What other mechanism is there to defer taxes?”
“This mechanism is also the only practical implementation of a “just war” policy that we are ever likely to see.”
“It only precludes learning about the mechanism if in fact learning about the mechanism is a false category (which may or may not be true).”
“Obviously a lot of times making decision to air-lift a person to the hospital like this is based on what we call the mechanism of injury.”
“In his search for a more elegant description of the solar system, Nicolas Copernicus was motivated by his desire to comprehend what he called The mechanism of the universe, wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator, the system the best and most orderly artist of all framed for our sake.”
“Taking that a step further, ISE's Miller says, some mobile operating systems have a non-executable heap, which he describes as a mechanism to hinder or block the execution of malicious code.”
“Professor MICHAEL KNOLL (Law and Real Estate, University of Pennsylvania): In that case, the potential problem is, the foreclosure mechanism is basically busted.”
“The fact that you didn't see the US fall off the Earth into a vat of boiling oil in 1989 doesn't mean you've discovered a 'free lunch' whose mechanism is simply unknown.”
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