from The Century Dictionary.

  • In agreement with mechanical principles; according to the laws of mechanism or good workmanship: as, the machine is mechanically perfect.
  • By mechanical force or means; by physical power: as, water mechanically raised.
  • In a manner resembling a machine; without care or reflection; by the mere force of habit; automatically; not spontaneously: as, to play on an instrument mechanically.
  • Without loss of the constitution or identity of elements; in a manner involving change of place or figure without change of structure or constitution; without the aid of chemical attraction: as, elements mechanically united in air; a body mechanically decomposed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a mechanical manner.

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  • adverb In a mechanical manner.

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

  • adverb in a machinelike manner; without feeling
  • adverb in a mechanical manner; by a mechanism


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