mechanics

Definitions

  • Drawer Mechanism
    Drawer Mechanism
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mechanics the technical aspects of doing something "a mechanism of social control","mechanisms of communication","the mechanics of prose style"
    • n mechanics the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference
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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 Mechanics That science, or branch of applied mathematics, which treats of the action of forces on bodies.☞ That part of mechanics which considers the action of forces in producing rest or equilibrium is called statics; that which relates to such action in producing motion is called dynamics. The term mechanics includes the action of forces on all bodies, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous. It is sometimes, however, and formerly was often, used distinctively of solid bodies only: The mechanics of liquid bodies is called also hydrostatics, or hydrodynamics, according as the laws of rest or of motion are considered. The mechanics of gaseous bodies is called also pneumatics. The mechanics of fluids in motion, with special reference to the methods of obtaining from them useful results, constitutes hydraulics.
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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.
    • n mechanics The theory of machines. This is the old meaning of the word, especially before the development of the modern doctrine of force.
    • n mechanics The mathematical doctrine of the motions and tendencies to motion of particles and systems under the influence of forces and constraints; in a narrower sense, this doctrine as applied to systems of rigid bodies. Mechanics is now commonly divided into kinematics and dynamics. and the latter into statics and kinetics. Mechanics treated by means of the infinitesimal calculus is called analytical mechanics. The fundamental principles of mechanics are stated under energy and force; but the science is characterized by the great number of derived principles made use of. See principle.
    • n mechanics The science which explains natural phenomena by depicting them with mathematical precision as dependent solely upon relations of motion.
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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.
    • Mechanics the science which treats of machines: the science which treats of the nature of forces and of their action on bodies, either directly or by the agency of machinery
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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.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
  • 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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. mécanique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. mechanicus; Gr. mēchanikosmēchane, a contrivance.

Usage

In literature:

Can he surmount the technical difficulties and the mechanism of the vocal organs?
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
Inasmuch as the cause of this condition is a mechanical one, it would suggest a mechanical remedy.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
I wonder if any other invention has ever, in such a brief time, made so many joyful hearts as the invention of mechanical music.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
It is now universal on hackney carriages propelled by mechanical means, and it has also extended largely to those drawn by animal power.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Technique is mechanism, but it should be mechanism subordinated to ideas.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
Mr. Decker was not in his rooms, and sitting down to wait for him he took up mechanically the morning paper that lay on his table.
"Evenings at Donaldson Manor" by Maria J. McIntosh
DR. DEMING: Why do you not use the mechanical cracker?
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Tompion was a most exquisite mechanic, proud of his work and jealous of his name.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
He serves the ideals of human feelings, not the tendencies of mechanical things.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
The father was wedded to his calling and fondly hoped the boy would follow in his footsteps in mechanical pursuits.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
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In poetry:

Or he can climb the dizziest bough-
Unhesitant, mechanic-
And, resting, dash from off his brow
The bitter beads of panic;
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker
While brains mechanic vainly weave
The web and woof of thinking,
Go, mount up with the lark, and leave
The bird of wisdom blinking.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
No dull, mechanic round of toil
Life's morning charm can quite despoil;
And youth and beauty, hand in hand,
Will always find enchanted land.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
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
Each is the image of content
From fragrant hours in clover spent,
'Mid leaf and bud;
As up and down without a pause
Mechanically move their jaws
To chew the cud.
"Cows" by Robert W Service

In news:

A popular brand of baby strollers made by Kolcraft has been recalled after three children have reportedly had their fingers amputated and two adults have smashed their fingers in the stroller's locking mechanism CNN.com reports.
The Mechanics of Arranging .
Regulated by complex control mechanisms, the robot stacks packaged goods of variable dimensions on one pallet.
The standard is ASHRAE Standard 191P, Standard for the Efficient Use of Water in Building, Site and Mechanical Systems.
Almost all amateur psychologists will tell you that as a coping mechanism, denial is both counter productive and self destructive.
Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan perform in the Sossy Mechanics production "Trick Boxing," in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis.
Josh Wilson, a non-mechanic with no experience on an antique… (FELICIA MORGAN ).
That hasn't stopped him from continuing his first love - being a mechanic.
He was employed with America Airlines for 23 years as an A&P Mechanic.
Much the same were the mechanics who maintained these cast-iron aircraft.
A novel mechanism of injury.
Berkeley Springs Council #117 Junior Order United American Mechanics has chosen to recognize the continuous contributions to their organization, family, church and community of a dedicated member.
There are several emerging mechanical and electrical engineering technical trends that are worrisome to this author.
In an attempt to reconcile quantum mechanics with general relativity, scientists dropped super-cold quantum gas down a five-story shaft.
The EMP Mini-HybridTM Thermal System is an eight-fan kit that replaces the mechanically driven cooling system.
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In science:

Applying the mechanism for 2 machines case, They showed a universally truthful randomized mechanism that obtains an approximation of 0.875m.
An Improved Randomized Truthful Mechanism for Scheduling Unrelated Machines
For example, in one of the most known models of this type – Bohmian mechanics – momentum is not the conventional momentum of QM. I would consider Bohmian mechanics as a model with “semiontic” hidden variables.
Parallelism of quantum computations from prequantum classical statistical field theory (PCSFT)
Yu.: Quantum mechanics as an asymptotic projection of statistical mechanics of classical fields.
Parallelism of quantum computations from prequantum classical statistical field theory (PCSFT)
The developments of modern physics, such as the founding of statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, have proved that the variational principle approach to dynamics is not only an alternative and equivalent version to the naive, intuitive approach, but also yields deeper insights into the underlying physics.
A General Variational Principle of Classical Field and Its Application to General relativity I
Mechanical constraints To explain the mechanical constraints, we use a simplified model depicted on Fig.15 but the numerical constraints come from the real prototype shown in Fig. 6.
Kinematic Analysis of the vertebra of an eel like robot
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