Definition of mechanics in English:

mechanics

Syllabification: me·chan·ics
Pronunciation: /məˈkaniks
 
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noun

  • 1 [treated as singular] The branch of applied mathematics dealing with motion and forces producing motion.
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    • With this work Lagrange transformed mechanics into a branch of mathematical analysis.
    • Dynamics is defined as that branch of mechanics that deals with forces and their relation primarily to motion.
    • He applied mechanics to improve turbines and waterwheels more than doubling the efficiency of the waterwheel.
  • 1.1Machinery as a subject; engineering.
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    • Wanting to do more than cobble, he taught himself maths, navigation and practical mechanics.
    • This work was to be in four parts, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, and hydraulics.
    • The scheme is run chiefly for boys interested in mechanics and mechanical engineering.
  • 2The machinery or working parts of something: he looks at the mechanics of a car before the bodywork
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    • I put my ear to the floor and hear only the rumble of the mechanics beneath the train and the scrape of the wheels grinding against the iron tracks.
    • We could trace back the mechanics of the machine and learn the mind of God.
    • There are clear, educational explanations of the physics of the tasks and the mechanics of the machines.
  • 2.1The way in which something is done or operated; the practicalities or details of something: the mechanics of cello playing
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    • He has a strong but erratic arm and should find more touch if he develops more consistent mechanics.
    • We correct mechanics like hand position, fingering creativity or mezzo pianos that are too loud.
    • The first argument depends upon the mechanics involved in the making of a confiscation order.

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