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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. a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function; " the mechanism of the ear"; " the mechanism of infection"
  9. 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.
  10. Mechanical operation or action.
  11. An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
  12. 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.
  13. 1. An arrangement or grouping of the parts of anything which has a definite action. 2. The means by which an effect is obtained.
  14. The construction of a machine: the arrangement and action of its parts, by which it produces a given result.
  15. Structure of a machine.
  16. Machinery; a machine.
  17. Mechanist.
  18. The structure of a machine; mechanical construction.
  19. 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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Quotes of mechanism

  1. I remember saying to the chairman after serving the first year, "Why are we doing this? Why don't the Hawaiians have control?" "Well, we have no mechanism to do it," I was told. – Neil Abercrombie
  2. Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends. This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears. – Albert Bandura
  3. It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
  4. Obsessional does not necessarily mean sexual obsession, not even obsession for this, or for that in particular; to be an obsessional means to find oneself caught in a mechanism in a trap increasingly demanding and endless. – Jacques Lacan
  5. I gained direct knowledge of the life of the poor in big towns: I have lived the narrowing mechanism of its conditioning and feared it. – Ella Maillart
  6. I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now. – Peter McWilliams
  7. All handling by IPCC of the Sea Level questions have been done in a way that cannot be accepted and that certainly not concur with modern knowledge of the mode and mechanism of sea level changes. – Nils-Axel Morner
  8. Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism – Chuck Palahniuk
  9. Sundance was started as a mechanism for the discovery of new voices and new talent. – Robert Redford
  10. We are like the mechanism of a watch: each part is essential. – Nathan Meyer Rothschild
  11. A man with a so -called character is often a simple piece of mechanism he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life. – August Strindberg
  12. Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe. – Alfred North Whitehead
  13. The tendency of philosophers who know nothing of machinery is to talk of man as a mere mechanism intending by this to imply that he is without purpose. This shows a lack of understanding of machines as well as of man. – Arthur Young

Usage examples for mechanism

  1. The mechanism was already adjusted. – The Corner House Girls on Palm Island by Grace Brooks Hill Thelma Gooch
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Better to have been a peasant girl, with love, than a queen whose life is but a dull mechanism – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. The principle of mechanism is that " the same causes produce the same effects." – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  9. 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
  10. Marcia- Joan's robot had dealt with the mechanism of the back door. – Manners of the Age by Horace Brown Fyfe
  11. But he had no time to give the mechanism even a glance; of greater interest was the small figure which sat at a wide work- table upon which a litter of drawings was scattered. – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. He was just a mechanism for performing certain set acts. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The mechanism for driving the feed rolls is shown in Figs. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  19. 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