- 1A system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery: the gunner injured his arm in the turret mechanismMore example sentences
- These two holes must be coordinated so the mechanism will properly fit together.
- The slight hiss is, to my ears, about the same as the tape mechanism in my van - maybe even a bit less.
- Our clock is a superb piece of engineering, and has a mechanism that is almost identical to Big Ben in London.
- 2A natural or established process by which something takes place or is brought about: we have no mechanism for assessing the success of forwarded inquiries the mechanism by which genes build bodiesMore example sentences
- It is also of significance in new drug development based on the mechanism of Chinese medicine.
- It pulverises those delicate social mechanisms that control our baser motives.
- Rather, they encourage the body's own healing mechanisms to restore its natural equilibrium.
- 2.1A contrivance in the plot of a literary work: his Irma La Douce is a musical based on the farce mechanismMore example sentences
- The internal struggles of the group are hopelessly dramatised, reading off like the plot mechanisms that they are.
- 3 Philosophy The doctrine that all natural phenomena, including life and thought, allow mechanical explanation by physics and chemistry.More example sentences
- Much of this controversy stemmed from the argument of mechanism versus vitalism.
- For Bergson, it is because the scientific pursuit is based on the principle of mechanism.
- Yet mechanism and postmodernism are linked by a common distrust of human subjectivity.
mid 17th century: from modern Latin mechanismus, from Greek mēkhanē (see machine).