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, atomic etc.;
  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin mēchanicus +‎ -al.



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