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Definitions of mechanical

  1. lacking thought or feeling
  2. using ( or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices; " a mechanical process"; " his smile was very mechanical"; " a mechanical toy"
  3. 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"
  4. 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.
  5. Made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence; as, a mechanical universe.
  6. Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric.
  7. A mechanic.
  8. Mechanically.
  9. Mechanicalness.
  10. Pertaining to mechanics; produced by or as by a machine; automatic.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  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. Mechanical skill has removed most of the risks to health and person which once existed. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  7. 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
  8. Mechanical power, if absolutely irresistible, might fling back such a charge, but no human power. – Lafcadio Hearn by Nina H. Kennard
  9. 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
  10. This just suits me- a little mechanical work like this. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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