mechanism

  • 1 Mechanism — • There is no constant meaning in the history of philosophy for the word Mechanism. Originally, the term meant that cosmological theory which ascribes the motion and changes of the world to some external force Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 mechanism — mech‧a‧nis‧m [ˈmekənɪzm] noun [countable] a system used to achieve something or deal with a problem: • The increased lending can be done through existing lending mechanisms. • There is a move to introduce free market mechanisms in the airline… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Mechanism — may refer to: Mechanism (engineering), rigid bodies connected by joints in order to accomplish a desired force and/or motion transmission Mechanism (biology), explaining how a feature is created Mechanism (philosophy), a theory that all natural… …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 Mechanism — Mech an*ism, n. [Cf. F. m[ e]canisme, L. mechanisma. See {Mechanic}.] 1. 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 mechanism — [mek′ə niz΄əm] n. [ModL mechanismus < Gr mēchanē, MACHINE] 1. the working parts or arrangement of parts of a machine; works [the mechanism of a clock] 2. a) a system whose parts work together like those of a machine [the mechanism of the… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 mechanism — [n1] machine, device apparatus, appliance, black box*, components, contrivance, doohickey*, gadget, gears, gimmick, innards, instrument, machinery, motor, structure, system, tool, workings, works; concept 463 mechanism [n2] means, method agency,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 mechanism — index appliance, contrivance, expedient, facility (instrumentality), forum (medium), instrument ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 mechanism — 1660s, from Mod.L. mechanismus, from Gk. mekhane machine, instrument (see MACHINE (Cf. machine) (n.)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 mechanism — *machine, machinery, apparatus, engine, motor …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 mechanism — ► NOUN 1) a piece of machinery. 2) the way in which something works or is brought about …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 mechanism — noun 1 part of a machine ADJECTIVE ▪ firing, locking, steering, trigger, winding VERB + MECHANISM ▪ activate ▪ This ac …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 mechanism — mechanismic, adj. /mek euh niz euhm/, n. 1. an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage. 2. the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 13 mechanism — [[t]me̱kənɪzəm[/t]] ♦♦♦ mechanisms 1) N COUNT: usu sing, with supp In a machine or piece of equipment, a mechanism is a part, often consisting of a set of smaller parts, which performs a particular function. ...the locking mechanism. ...a… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 mechanism — mech|a|nis|m [ˈmekənızəm] n 1.) part of a machine or a set of parts that does a particular job ▪ the brake mechanism ▪ a clock mechanism 2.) a system that is intended to achieve something or deal with a problem mechanism for (doing) sth ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 mechanism — 01. As a safety feature, this machine has a special [mechanism] which will shut it off if it begins to overheat. 02. The firing [mechanism] of the rifle was damaged when he dropped it. 03. As agriculture in this country becomes increasingly… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 mechanism — noun (C) 1 part of a machine that does a particular job: the brake mechanism 2 a system that is intended to achieve something or deal with a problem: mechanisms to stop the spread of nuclear weapons | The market system is an imperfect mechanism… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 mechanism */*/ — UK [ˈmekəˌnɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈmekəˌnɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms mechanism : singular mechanism plural mechanisms 1) a) a machine or part of a machine a locking mechanism b) a system of parts that people think of as working together like the… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 mechanism — See gearchange mechanism locking mechanism shifter mechanism vacuum advance mechanism …

    Dictionary of automotive terms

  • 19 mechanism — n. 1) to trigger a mechanism 2) a defense; escape mechanism * * * [ mekənɪz(ə)m] escape a defense to trigger a mechanism …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 mechanism — mech|a|nism [ mekə,nızəm ] noun count ** 1. ) a machine or part of a machine: a locking mechanism a ) a system of parts that people think of as working together like the parts of a machine: the mechanisms for releasing hormones into the body 2. ) …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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