Definitions of mechanism

  1. the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction; " he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"
  2. device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
  3. the doctrine that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
  4. a natural object resembling a machine in structure and function; " the mechanism of the ear"
  5. the technical aspects of doing something; " a mechanism of social control"; " mechanisms of communication"; " the mechanics of prose style"
  6. ( philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
  7. The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.
  8. Mechanical operation or action.
  9. An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
  10. The relation of the working parts of an engine, etc.; construction of the works; as, the mechanism of a watch is most delicate; operation of the parts.
  11. The construction of a machine: the arrangement and action of its parts, by which it produces a given result.
  12. Structure of a machine.
  13. Machinery; a machine.
  14. The structure of a machine; mechanical construction.
  15. The structure of the parts of a machine, and the manner in which these are put together to answer its design; the parts composing a machine.
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