Definitions of mechanical

  1. relating to or concerned with machinery or tools; " mechanical arts"; " mechanical design"; " mechanical skills"
  2. lacking thought or feeling
  3. using ( or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices; " a mechanical process"; " his smile was very mechanical"; " a mechanical toy"
  4. relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics; " a belief that the universe is a mechanical contrivance"; " the mechanical pressure of a strong wind"
  5. Pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with, mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the quantitative relations of force and matter, as distinguished from mental, vital, chemical, etc.; as, mechanical principles; a mechanical theory; mechanical deposits.
  6. Done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion; proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special intention or reflection; as, mechanical singing; mechanical verses; mechanical service.
  7. Made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence; as, a mechanical universe.
  8. Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric.
  9. A mechanic.
  10. Pertaining to the laws of matter and motion; pertaining to, or produced by, machines or machinery; as, mechanical toys; done without thought, as from force of habit; as, a mechanical smile or gesture.
  11. Mechanically.
  12. Mechanicalness.
  13. Performed by means of some apparatus, not manual.
  14. Pertaining to mechanics; produced by or as by a machine; automatic.
  15. Constructed according to the principles of mechanics; applying to machines; acting as a mere machine: done in the manner of a machine, or by force of mere habit; pertaining to artisans or mechanics: acting by physical power, without chemical change. Mechanical philosophy, a philosophy which would account for things on the principles of mere mechanics. Mechanical powers, the lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, the inclined plane, the wedge, and the screw, the elementary contrivances of which all machines are composed.
  16. Pert. to machines; constructed or performed according to the laws of mechanics; physical, or not chemical; manual, or not mental; done by a machine; done by mere force of habit.

Usage examples for mechanical

  1. The executioner rubbed his hands in a mechanical way, and an assistant took the severed blood- streaming head from the little basket into which it had fallen and placed it in the large basket into which the body had already been turned. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  2. She was performing her duties in a mechanical sort of way, forgetting name and person the instant he had passed before her. – That Little Girl of Miss Eliza’s by Jean K. Baird
  3. The differences among these, however, have more to do the mechanical construction than with the process of drying. – Seasoning of Wood by Joseph B. Wagner
  4. Mechanical power, if absolutely irresistible, might fling back such a charge, but no human power. – Lafcadio Hearn by Nina H. Kennard
  5. You'd be surprised to see just how much a fellow has to pay out to keep a motor in good mechanical shape. – The Thunder Bird by B. M. Bower
  6. He covered the plant from top to bottom, and no wheel stopped turning, no mechanical device gave way, without his instant attention. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  7. She said to herself again and again: " I must make this a success- I must"- but the words were becoming mechanical. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  8. This was owing to certain mechanical difficulties that arose when the crew tried to lift the mother ship from the third planet, on which it was based. – Once a Greech by Evelyn E. Smith
  9. She gave a hard, mechanical sort of smile when she saw her father, and then stood looking at the boat in a vacant, hopeless sort of way. – Over the Sliprails by Henry Lawson
  10. Illustrations of the text are freely used, and the mechanical execution of the work is excellent. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  11. I was always mechanical. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  12. Mechanical skill has removed most of the risks to health and person which once existed. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  13. " Yes," answered the lady, in her mechanical voice. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  14. She began to become a little astonished at the frequency with which, during a silent drive, or some mild mechanical labor in the gardens, the image of that young man would rise before her. – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. This just suits me- a little mechanical work like this. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  16. Raising his hand, he passed it in a vague mechanical way across his brow as though suddenly wakened from a dream. – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  17. It's so regular and mechanical that if anything does go wrong there is an ugly smash. – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  18. The last of my gods, Efficiency, whose feet had stood firm on mechanical laws and in whose head were all the brains of all the big men at the top, had now come tottering crashing down. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  19. The union of substance and accident is not a mechanical union. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  20. He was in the danger which too active a brain may bring to a critical and delicate mechanical task. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer