Mechanic Me*chan"ic (m[-e]*k[a^]n"[i^]k), a. [F. m['e]canique, L. mechanicus, Gr. mhchaniko`s, fr. mhchanh` a machine. See {Machine}.] 1. Having to do with the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical; as, the mechanic arts. ``These mechanic philosophers.'' --Ray. [1913 Webster]

Mechanic slaves, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar. [1913 Webster]

To make a god, a hero, or a king Descend to a mechanic dialect. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

3. Base. [Obs.] --Whitlock. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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