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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mechanical device mean? 

  The noun MECHANICAL DEVICE has 1 sense:

1. mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles

  Familiarity information: MECHANICAL DEVICE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("mechanical device" is a kind of...):

mechanism (device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mechanical device"):

windscreen wiper; windshield wiper; wiper; wiper blade (a mechanical device that cleans the windshield)

striker (the part of a mechanical device that strikes something)

stretcher (a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it)

stoker (a mechanical device for stoking a furnace)

stator; stator coil (mechanical device consisting of the stationary part of a motor or generator in or around which the rotor revolves)

sprinkler (mechanical device that attaches to a garden hose for watering lawn or garden)

splint (an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg))

splicer (a mechanical device for joining two pieces of paper or film or magnetic tape)

shutter (a mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure)

seeder (a mechanical device that sows grass seed or grain evenly over the ground)

supply chamber (a mechanical device for holding something and supplying it as needed)

swing (mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth)

key; winder (mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock))

winder (mechanical device around which something can be wound)

wheelwork (mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears))

vane; weather vane; weathervane; wind vane (mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind)

voting machine (a mechanical device for recording and counting votes mechanically)

vibrator (a mechanical device that vibrates)

vibrator (mechanical device that produces vibratory motion; used for massage)

trap (a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters)

pickup; pickup arm; tone arm (mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge)

ride (a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement)

auto-changer; changer; record changer (an automatic mechanical device on a record player that causes new records to be played without manual intervention)

dicer (a mechanical device used for dicing food)

diaphragm; stop (a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens)

crimper; curler; hair curler; roller (a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around which the hair is wound to curl it)

coupler; coupling (a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects)

copyholder (mechanical device used in printing; holds the copy for the compositor)

compressor (a mechanical device that compresses gasses)

carburetor; carburettor (mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion)

bumper guard (vertical bars attached to a bumper to prevent locking bumpers with another vehicle)

bumper (a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage)

electromechanical device (a mechanical device that is operated by electricity)

escapement (mechanical device that regulates movement)

rachet; ratch; ratchet (mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction)

pump (a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction)

propeller; propellor (a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water)

piston; plunger (mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion)

pantograph (mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scale)

machine; simple machine (a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point)

claw; hook (a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something)

grab (a mechanical device for gripping an object)

gear lever; gearshift; gearstick; shifter (a mechanical device for engaging and disengaging gears)

broadcaster; spreader (a mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions)

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