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MECHANICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mechanical mean? 

MECHANICAL (adjective)
  The adjective MECHANICAL has 3 senses:

1. using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices
2. relating to or concerned with machinery or tools
3. relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics

  Familiarity information: MECHANICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MECHANICAL (adjective)


Sense 1mechanical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices

Context examples:

a mechanical process / his smile was very mechanical / a mechanical toy

Similar:

automatic; automatonlike; machinelike; robotlike (like the unthinking functioning of a machine)

mechanic (resembling the action of a machine)

mechanistic (explained in terms of physical forces)

mechanised; mechanized (equipped with machinery)

windup (operated by a mechanism)

Antonym:

nonmechanical (not mechanical)


Sense 2mechanical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or concerned with machinery or tools

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

mechanically skillful; mechanical

Context examples:

mechanical arts / mechanical design / mechanical skills

Pertainym:

machinery (machines or machine systems collectively)


Sense 3mechanical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

a belief that the universe is a mechanical contrivance / the mechanical pressure of a strong wind

Pertainym:

mechanics (the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference)


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