HyperDic: mechanism

English > 5 senses of the word mechanism:
NOUNprocessmechanism, chemical mechanismthe atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction
actmechanism, mechanicsthe technical aspects of doing something
objectmechanisma natural object resembling a machine in structure or function
cognitionmechanism(philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
artifactmechanismdevice consisting of a piece of machinery
mechanism > pronunciation
Rhymesabolitionism ... zirconium: 557 rhymes with ahm...
English > mechanism: 5 senses > noun 1, process
MeaningThe atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction.
Example"he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"
Synonymchemical mechanism
Narrowerbiochemical mechanismA chemical mechanism involved in vital processes occurring in living organisms
Broaderchemical process, chemical change, chemical action(chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
Spanishmecanismo, mecanismo químico
Catalanmecanisme, mecanisme químic
English > mechanism: 5 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningThe technical aspects of doing something.
  • "a mechanism of social control"
  • "mechanisms of communication"
Broaderperformance, execution, carrying out, carrying into actionThe act of performing
Spanishmecánica, mecanismo
English > mechanism: 5 senses > noun 3, object
MeaningA natural object resembling a machine in structure or function.
  • "the mechanism of the ear"
  • "the mechanism of infection"
NarrowerbarrierAnything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access
biological clockAn innate mechanism in living organisms that controls the periodicity of many physiological functions
transmission mechanismAny mechanism whereby an infectious agent is spread from a reservoir to a human being
Broadernatural objectAn object occurring naturally
Adjectivesmechanisticexplained in terms of physical forces
English > mechanism: 5 senses > noun 4, cognition
Meaning(philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes.
CategoryphilosophyThe rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
Broaderphilosophical doctrine, philosophical theoryA doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
Adjectivesmechanisticof or relating to the philosophical theory of mechanism
Nounsmechanista philosopher who subscribes to the doctrine of mechanism
English > mechanism: 5 senses > noun 5, artifact
Meaningdevice consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function.
Narroweraction, action mechanismThe operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
actuatorA mechanism that puts something into automatic action
automaton, robot, golemA mechanism that can move automatically
axis, axis of rotationThe center around which something rotates
carriageA machine part that carries something else
cartridge ejector, ejectorA mechanism in a firearm that ejects the empty shell case after firing
cartridge extractor, cartridge remover, extractorA mechanism in a firearm that pulls an empty shell case out of the chamber and passes it to the ejector
clockworkAny mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring
control, controllerA mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
cooling system, coolingA mechanism for keeping something cool
delayed actionA mechanism that automatically delays the release of a camera shutter for a fixed period of time so that the photographer can appear in the picture
driveA mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine
drive line, drive line systemmechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle
fail-safeA mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction
film advanceA mechanism for advancing film in a camera or projector
gear, gear mechanismA mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle)
homing deviceThe mechanism in a guided missile that guides it toward its objective
hydraulic systemA mechanism operated by the resistance offered or the pressure transmitted when a liquid / liquid is forced through a small opening or tube
ignition, ignition systemThe mechanism that ignites the fuel in an internal-combustion engine
lockA mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
mechanical devicemechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
radiatorA mechanism consisting of a metal honeycomb through which hot fluids circulate
rotating mechanismA mechanism that rotates
steering linkagemechanism consisting of a system of rods and levers connected to the front wheels of a motor vehicle
steering system, steering mechanismA mechanism by which something is steered (especially a motor vehicle)
tape drive, tape transport, transportA mechanism that transports magnetic tape across the read/write heads of a tape playback/recorder
whirlerA revolving mechanism
works, workingsThe internal mechanism of a device
BroaderdeviceAn instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
Adjectivesmechanicalusing (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices

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