mechanics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1612 1. a branch of physical science that deals with energy and forces and their effect on bodies 2. the practical application of mechanics to the design, construction, or operation of machines or tools 3. mechanical or functional details or procedure <
the mechanics of the brain
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