Adjective "mechanical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Operated by a machine or machinery.
  1. 'Although we can envisage building tiny machines, examples put forward to date tend to be versions of mechanical devices: gear wheels and the like.'
  2. 'We can expect that all valves, all mechanical devices, whatever they are, are going to have a failure at some stage.'
  3. 'A variety of purely mechanical devices were used from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries to increase the size and capacity of the ear to conduct sound.'
  4. 'Police are investigating the incident involving a worker operating a mechanical street sweeper who was stopped by a gang of about eight youths.'
  5. 'It was the first low-cost, mass-marketed mechanical toothbrush.'
  6. 'The warm hand of the farmer has long been replaced by the cold, mechanical suction of an automated milking system.'
  7. 'This technology entails the construction of very tiny mechanical devices coupled to electrical sensors and actuators.'
  8. 'A ratchet is a mechanical device that restricts movement in one direction and allows movement in the opposite direction.'
  9. 'His machines included mechanical devices for dredging, a mill to pump water and a device to pull ships over obstacles.'
  10. 'The mini mechanical sweeper operates on a daily basis in and around the pedestrian area and the mid city streets.'
  11. 'the helicopters are prone to mechanical failure'
  12. 'What ought to be a routine mechanical operation has become an altogether more difficult and complicated affair.'
  13. 'The report concluded that although there was still a problem with the warning system for the landing gear, pilot error rather than mechanical failure was to blame for the crash.'
  14. 'It is not known if the helicopter was shot down or suffered mechanical problems, or if there were casualties.'
  15. 'A Brazilian government report on the accident blamed poor maintenance for a series of mechanical failures that led to the explosion.'
  16. 'To avoid any mechanical failure in so complex a piece of machinery as well as avoid all potential accidents is remarkable.'
  17. 'Oil contamination would result from neglect of compressor maintenance, leading to mechanical failure.'
  18. 'It was very frustrating, but eventually I learned about the engine falling off, so I chalked it up to mechanical failure.'
  19. 'Any sabotage or mechanical failures would cause power cuts in Britain within days.'
  20. 'Repair records showed that levels of mechanical damage to devices from the ward were higher than normal.'
  21. 'And mechanical failure such as steering or suspension breakage could have you singing with the angels in seconds.'
(of an action) done without thought or spontaneity; automatic.
  1. 'Pearls of wisdom leave our mouths every day in an unthinking and mechanical manner.'
  2. 'Deep in concentration Em hung her keys on the wall and walked to the kitchen, where she grabbed an apple, all in mechanical motions.'
  3. 'Consequently, sex routinely becomes mechanical, unfeeling, and unfulfilling.'
  4. 'Everything I had been doing in the past was too mechanical, too forced.'
  5. 'Most curious of all was the fact that he made the same mechanical gestures no matter what he was saying.'
  6. 'Again, hesitation overwhelmed Adam but, out of mechanical instinct, he took the hand.'
  7. 'But are birds unfeeling, mechanical songsters, driven to sing but never understanding what it is they do?'
Relating to physical forces or motion; physical.
  1. 'Thus the weight of evidence points to local mechanical forces.'
  2. 'Those experiments were conducted in the absence of the mechanical forces that may act on molecules during function in vivo.'
  3. 'You don't have to worry about magnetic fields, mechanical shock, spontaneous bit-rot or anything else.'
  4. 'The disc is subjected to varying mechanical forces at all times.'
  5. 'Because it has a blood supply, the skeleton remodels or responds to mechanical forces throughout life.'
  6. 'One factor of potential importance in disease progression that is frequently overlooked is the role of mechanical forces.'
  7. 'Turbine-generators and generator sets are devices that convert mechanical into electrical energy.'
  8. 'Automakers can run a car using electronics more easily and economically than mechanical forces.'
  9. 'The regulation of adhesion site development is largely determined by mechanical force.'
  10. 'That's because the fluids are held in place by capillary forces that overpower gravity and other mechanical forces.'
  11. 'He explained the mechanical principle of the screw as a form of wedge, and he set out the mathematical characteristics of the helix.'
  12. 'Moreover, Descartes's mechanical philosophy was ultimately no different from all other forms of atomism.'
  13. 'However, as he studied the mechanical philosophy of Descartes he became unhappy with it.'
  14. 'He received a doctorate in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University in 1967.'
  15. 'As both the reflection of mechanical science and a divine creation, nature was an analogue for knowledge.'
Relating to the exclusive legal right to reproduce a particular recorded version of a song or piece of music.
  1. 'mechanical royalties'
  2. 'The argument about whether the mechanical copyright (the copyright covering the actual sound recording) should be extended in the UK was always going to be resolved from a European Perspective, and the EU has now taken the lead and voted on the way forward.'


The working parts of a vehicle.
  1. 'All-wheel-drive systems typically have lighter and more compact mechanicals that are perfectly suited for passenger cars.'
  2. 'The space underneath the car was also freed up for other mechanicals such as exhaust systems which can otherwise intrude into luggage or passenger areas.'
  3. 'The mechanicals and build are impeccable, and the design still looks elegant.'
  4. 'The key ingredient of the VW-Bentley and the Ford-Jaguar remains the platform, the expensive below-the-waist mechanicals, so the more of them you make, the cheaper they are.'
  5. 'Although the central nose section does look like the thin nose of modern F1 cars, it is the mechanicals under the rear engine cover and the drivetrain which are the most interesting.'
  6. 'Simply a sensational body styling exercise over some fabulous mechanicals.'
  7. 'And with anything that invites enjoyment, it's wise to check the condition of the mechanicals for signs of abuse.'
  8. 'We'll have to check the mechanicals on the door.'
  9. 'That said, rally car mechanicals will never be an exact science.'
  10. 'All located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, they are not only close geographically but they are also notoriously tough on the mechanicals.'
A manual worker.
  1. 'The mechanicals are all dressed in realistic nineteenth century working men's dress.'
  2. 'The mechanicals in Midsummer were slow and dull, indulging in endless, random byplay rather than the specific actions called for in the text.'
  3. 'The mechanicals are perfectly hapless, clumsy and inept and John Ramm as Bottom makes a brilliant ass of himself.'


1. having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure.

2. being a machine; operated by machinery: a mechanical toy.

3. caused by or derived from machinery: mechanical propulsion.

4. using machine parts only.

5. brought about by friction, abrasion, etc.: a mechanical bond between stones; mechanical erosion.

6. pertaining to the design, use, understanding, etc., of tools and machinery: the mechanical trades; mechanical ability.

7. acting or performed without spontane

More examples(as adjective)

"beingses can be mechanical as musaks."

"failures can be mechanical."

"engineers can be mechanical."

"problems can be mechanical."

"engineerings can be mechanical."

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Late Middle English (describing an art or occupation concerned with the construction of machines): via Latin from Greek mēkhanikos (see mechanic) + -al.