• IPA: /mɪˈkanɪk(ə)l/


  1. (now rare) Characteristic of someone who does manual labour for a living; coarse, vulgar.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 43, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      all manner of silks were already become so vile and abject, that was any man seene to weare them, he was presently judged to be some countrie fellow, or mechanicall man.
  2. Related to mechanics the branch of physics that deals with forces acting on mass.
    mechanical engineering
  3. Related to mechanics the design and construction of machines.
    mechanical dictionary
  4. Done by machine.
    mechanical task
  5. Using mechanics the design and construction of machines: being a machine.
    mechanical arm
  6. As if performed by a machine: lifeless or mindless.
    a mechanical reply to a question
  7. (of a person) Acting as if one were a machine: lifeless or mindless.
    The pianist was too mechanical.
  8. (informal) Handy with machines.
    Why don't you ask Joe to fix it? He's very mechanical.
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mechanical (plural mechanicals)

  1. (advertising) Manually created layout of artwork that is camera ready for photographic reproduction.
    • 2009, New York State Sales and Use Tax Law and Regulations
      In order to produce the posters, the advertising agency purchases photographs, composition and artwork and fabricates such property to produce layouts and mechanicals.
  2. One who does manual labor, especially one who is similar to Shakespeare's rude mechanicals
  3. (science fiction) A robot or mechanical creature.
  4. (engineering) A mechanical engineer.
  5. (bicycling) An instance of equipment failure.
  6. (music) A stop on an organ that is operated by a hand or foot control rather than having to be manually set up in advance.
  7. (archaic) A machine that performs a job typically accomplished using an animal or manual labor.

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