Definition of mechanics in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈkaniks/

plural noun

1 [treated as singular] The branch of applied mathematics dealing with motion and forces producing motion.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: me·chan·ics

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