Meaning of mechanism
Pronunciation: (mek'u-niz"um), [key]
- an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage.
- the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished.
- machinery or mechanical appliances in general.
- the structure or arrangement of parts of a machine or similar device, or of anything analogous.
- the mechanical part of something; any mechanical device: the mechanism of a clock.
- routine methods or procedures; mechanics: the mechanism of government.
- mechanical execution, as in painting or music; technique.
- the theory that everything in the universe is produced by matter in motion; materialism. Cf.(def. 1),(def. 1).
- the view that all natural processes are explicable in terms of Newtonian mechanics.
- the view that all biological processes may be described in physicochemical terms.
- the habitual operation and interaction of psychological forces within an individual that assist in interpreting or dealing with the physical or psychological environment.
- mechanism (Thesaurus)