mechanical

Definitions

  • Drawer Mechanism
    Drawer Mechanism
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mechanical using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices "a mechanical process","his smile was very mechanical","a mechanical toy"
    • adj mechanical relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics "a belief that the universe is a mechanical contrivance","the mechanical pressure of a strong wind"
    • adj mechanical relating to or concerned with machinery or tools "mechanical arts","mechanical design","mechanical skills"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sickel's cut-off mechanism Sickel's cut-off mechanism
Corliss cut-off mechanism Corliss cut-off mechanism
Krupp breech mechanism Krupp breech mechanism
Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs
    • n Mechanical A mechanic.
    • Mechanical Done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion; proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special intention or reflection; as, mechanical singing; mechanical verses; mechanical service.
    • Mechanical Made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence; as, a mechanical universe.
    • Mechanical Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric.
    • Mechanical Of or pertaining to a machine or to machinery or tools; made or formed by a machine or with tools; as, mechanical precision; mechanical products. "We have also divers mechanical arts."
    • Mechanical Pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with, mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the quantitative relations of force and matter on a macroscopic scale, as distinguished from mental vital chemical electrical electronic atomic etc.; as, mechanical principles; a mechanical theory;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.
    • mechanical Pertaining to or exhibiting constructive power; of or pertaining to mechanism or machinery; also, dependent upon the use of mechanism; of the nature or character of a machine or machinery: as, mechanical inventions or contrivances; to do something by mechanical means.
    • mechanical Machine-like; acting or actuated by or as if by machinery, or by fixed routine; lacking spontaneity, spirit, individuality, etc.; as applied to actions, automatic, instinctive, unconscious, etc.: as, the mechanical action of the heart; a mechanical musician.
    • mechanical Having the characteristics of that which is produced by machinery or is artificially contrived; artificial; not spontaneous; not genuine or of natural growth; lacking life or spirit; humdrum.
    • mechanical Of or pertaining to the material forces of nature acting on inanimate bodies or masses; specifically, pertaining to the principles or laws of mechanics: as, the mechanical effects of frost; the mechanical powers.
    • mechanical Effected by material force or forces; consisting in the play of material forces: as, mechanical pressure.
    • mechanical Exalting the material forces of the universe above the spiritual; subordinating the spiritual to the material; materialistic: as, the mechanical philosophy (specifically, atomism); a mechanical view of life.
    • mechanical Belonging to or characteristic of mechanics or artisans, or their class; mechanic-like; having the character or status of an artisan; hence (chiefly in old writings), mean, low, or vulgar.
    • mechanical Engaged in operating machines or machinery, or in superintending their operation: as, a mechanical engineer.
    • mechanical Exhibiting or indicating skill in contrivance, invention, or the use of tools and machines: as, a mechanical genius; a mechanical turn of mind.
    • mechanical Effected or controlled by physical forces that are not chemical: as, a mechanical mixture (that is, one in which the several ingredients still retain their identity, and are held together by no special force whether of cohesion or chemical attraction); mechanical decomposition.—
    • n mechanical A mechanic.
    • n mechanical plural The trade-name for common articles, such as overshoes, of vulcanized india-rubber, made by molding, and often of old reworked material.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blaise Pascal's father was a French tax collector who had trouble keeping track of his collections. So in 1642, young Pascal designed and built a mechanical adding machine to help. It was the first mechanical calculator in history.
    • adj Mechanical me-kan′ikal pertaining to machines or mechanics: constructed according to the laws of mechanics: possessing mechanical talent: acting by physical power: done by a machine: pertaining to artisans: done simply by force of habit, slavish, artificial: vulgar
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Quotations

  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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    “It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.”
  • Simone Weil
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    “It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.”
  • Honore De Balzac
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    “Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
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    “Thus man of all creatures is more than a creature, he is also a creator. Man alone can direct his success mechanism by the use of imagination, or imaging ability.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
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    “A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Mechanic (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. mechanicus; Gr. mēchanikosmēchane, a contrivance.

Usage

In literature:

The child no longer walks, he crawls; an old woman meets him, leading a goat; mechanically he asks if it is far to Etiolles.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Bobby did not as yet understand the mechanism of all this.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Then she left her station at the levers of the mechanism and placed her hands gently on my shoulders.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
A mechanic or operative workman.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
New mechanical facilities followed, as well as a supply of skilled mechanics.
"James Watt" by Andrew Carnegie
But is it the mechanism of parts artificially isolated within the whole of the universe, or is it the mechanism of the real whole?
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
At first Maria's attention to these facts was only mechanical.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The renowned physiologist, E. F. Weber, possessed this power, and has described the mechanism of the phenomenon.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
And then I'll study mechanical engineering.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The mechanical-impersonal view of life versus the personal-romantic view, 324.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
It remains on or near the deposit, ready to be carried below, mechanically or otherwise.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
The officers of administration, aiming at some mechanical ideal, shape the schools to meet the requirements of system.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
The mechanism of appetites is thus a lower mechanism and has its seat in the primitive nervous centers.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Put all the mechanics on it that can work to advantage.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Lilienthal achieved it with no mechanical aid, except the wings.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
Eery, geometric, but not the naked electronic symmetries of a mechanical robot.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
Ninety-five able-bodied seamen, including mechanics, gunners, cooks, tailors, stokers, etc.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
This mechanical picker was developed by a county farmer, H. C. Clapp.
"Frying Pan Farm" by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
This is the beginning of the mechanical explanation of quality.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Add to these a considerable force of mechanics who earn wages in your employ.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
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In poetry:

Cap-pistols, drums, mechanic toys,
And all th' infernal host of horns
Whereby to strenuous hells of noise
Are turned the blessed Christmas morns;
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Or does the motherhood of those
Whose toil endures,
The farmers' and mechanics' wives, Hard working servants all their lives–
Deserve less price than yours?
"The Malingerer" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
"If it tell thee not that I love thee well,
'Tis a senseless, wrinkled, ill-curved shell:
If it be not of love, why sigh or sing?
'Tis a common, mechanical, stupid thing!"
"Summer Song" by George MacDonald
Come, Muse, forsake the grove, and purling rill,
To sing the wonders of mechanic skill:
More useful themes demand thy future lays,
Pregnant with blessings, and a nation's praise.
"Verses I" by Samuel Bowden
Who has been wise, receives interest,
Savage, felon, President, judge, farmer, sailor, mechanic, literat,
young, old, it is the same,
The interest will come round—all will come round.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman
The travelers, while passing by,
Within its shade find welcome rest;
And one of them mechanically,
As is a custom in the west,
Upon its surface stern and gray
Carved out his name, and went his way.
"Fame." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Elite ($139.99 direct) is Razer's current top-of-the-line mechanical gaming keyboard, and Razer knows the business well—its previous model, the Razer Black Widow Ultimate (2012).
"Shadetree Mechanics" by the Bled .
Next, we'll have to address its remaining mechanical issues.
Saddle Ranch Chop House , which would feature a mechanical bull, and El Corazon de Costa Mesa want to open at the square's top level food court.
The mechanics of turning don't tend to offer up dramatic new developments all that often.
Based on the International Mechanical Code.
Mechanism of the diamond drop passed on from her mother.
I recently had my car's front end aligned by a mechanic whom I have trusted for more than 10 years.
Sir—S Devarajan and colleagues and N Chan have proposed several possible pathophysiological mechanisms to explain our findings.
A veteran mechanic is dead after a three-story fall at an Alpha Natural Resources coal processing plant in southern West Virginia.
In a 15-year-old issue of InfoWorld (November 20, 1995), on page 31, a roundup of desktop mechanical CAD packages displayed at Autofact conference in Chicago appeared (source Google Books).
Mechanical damage possibly due to a foreign object entering the mill.
He was a self-employed mechanic.
His PhD is in mechanical engineering with a focus on automotive engineering.
(AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University is planning to offer the state's first doctoral program in mechanical and nuclear engineering.
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In science:

This problem is subtlety related to that of deriving classical mechanics from quantum mechanics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
In principle we cannot rule out the possibility that the Wiener process introduced by to correct ordinary quantum mechanics might have a deterministic origin similar to that generated by chaos, although produced by some still unkown deterministic mechanism.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
These mechanisms are typically statically configured through file permissions, quotas and similar mechanisms.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
Simple mechanical systems. A simple mechanical system (Q, hh·, ·iiQ , V ) consists of a Riemannian manifold (Q, hh·, ·iiQ ) together with a potential function V : Q → R.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
The dynamics of a simple mechanical system can also be described in terms of Lagrangian mechanics, whose description takes place on T Q.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
RDA). I will argue, against much of the literature, that the argument fails, because of some features of classical mechanics (including how it should be interpreted in the light of quantum mechanics).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Thus, the ultimate energy dissipation mechanisms at large heights are probably qualitatively different from the smallest-scale collisiondominated mechanisms (i.e., resistivity, viscosity, ionneutral friction) that act near the base.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
Either these QPOs (less than 2Hz, more than 2Hz) arise from a different mechanism ( e.g. one related with the jet and the other one not) or there is a threshold in radio flux above which new phenomena appear in addition to the QPO mechanism.
A simple model for the complex lag structure of microquasars
Such n-index ob jects are called n-th power matrices, which are interpreted as a generalization of matrix, and a new type of mechanics has been proposed based on them.14) 15) This type of mechanics can be regarded as a generalization of Heisenberg’s matrix mechanics.
Dynamical Theory of Generalized Matrices
It implies that standard quantum mechanical formalism yields unique consistent and complete description of the quantum mechanical phenomenons.
A General Relativistic Generalization of Bell Inequality
It implies that standard quantum mechanical formalism, including its usual, Copenhagen interpretation , , yields unique consistent and complete description of the quantum mechanical phenomenons.
A General Relativistic Generalization of Bell Inequality
All this implies a conclusion that standard quantum mechanical formalism, including its usual, Copenhagen interpretation, yields unique consistent and complete description of the quantum mechanical phenomenons.
A General Relativistic Generalization of Bell Inequality
His discovery became a milestone in the development of theory of gravitation and mechanics and eventually led to the establishment of new mechanics (classical mechanics).
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
In his own words: “I do not believe that quantum mechanics will be the starting point in the search for this basis just as one cannot arrive at the foundations of mechanics from thermodynamics or statistical mechanics”.
On a heuristic point of view concerning the motion of matter. From random metric to Schroedinger equation
This section reviews, very briefly, the elements of the modern quantum mechanics of closed systems4 aimed at a quantum mechanics for cosmology.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
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