Definitions of mechanism

  1. the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction; " he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"
  2. technical aspects of doing something; " mechanisms of communication"; " the mechanics of prose style"
  3. device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
  4. the doctrine that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
  5. a natural object resembling a machine in structure and function; " the mechanism of the ear"
  6. the technical aspects of doing something; " a mechanism of social control"; " mechanisms of communication"; " the mechanics of prose style"
  7. ( philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
  8. 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.
  9. Mechanical operation or action.
  10. An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
  11. 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.
  12. The construction of a machine: the arrangement and action of its parts, by which it produces a given result.
  13. Structure of a machine.
  14. Machinery; a machine.
  15. The structure of a machine; mechanical construction.
  16. 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.

Usage examples for mechanism

  1. A well- directed blow shattered the mechanism of the delicate wheel. – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  2. It was always funny to hear their friend talk to her machine as if a heart really did beat in his throbbing mechanism. – The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine by Katherine Stokes
  3. The " Long Tom" on Bulwana Hill was fired only when the burghers were in the mood, but occasionally the artillery youths desired to amuse themselves, and then they operated the gun as rapidly as its mechanism would allow. – With the Boer Forces by Howard C. Hillegas
  4. The suggestion must be a clear one, for inside the person we must distinctly perceive, as though through a glass, a set- up mechanism. – Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson
  5. I, for my part, was in that situation the first time I clearly understood the mechanism of the London Exchange. – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja
  6. The mechanism was already adjusted. – The Corner House Girls on Palm Island by Grace Brooks Hill Thelma Gooch
  7. The inspector rushed after him, but at once found that the handle of the door, by some trick of mechanism which he did not know, refused to turn. – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  8. The mechanism for driving the feed rolls is shown in Figs. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  9. We must consider the influence of the particular theories by which he explained the mechanism of this evolution. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  10. One day when my aunt took me with her into the lumber- room, I found there, in a corner, a piece of strange mechanism. – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald
  11. Eagerly did they learn, and everywhere did active spontaneous labour take the place of the old mechanism. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  12. Or what know we of our own mechanism, that we should deny the possibility of life and motion to things that we cannot ourselves recognize? – The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  13. Marcia- Joan's robot had dealt with the mechanism of the back door. – Manners of the Age by Horace Brown Fyfe
  14. He was just a mechanism for performing certain set acts. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  15. The top of the inner wall was reached; and the enormous mechanism moved slowly forward, along the ceiling, towards the opening of the cave. – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  16. The principle of mechanism is that " the same causes produce the same effects." – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  17. The mechanism of the story is perfect, the drama of it is complete. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009