Definition of mechanics in US English:


plural noun

  • 1treated as singular The branch of applied mathematics dealing with motion and forces producing motion.

    • ‘Dynamics is defined as that branch of mechanics that deals with forces and their relation primarily to motion.’
    • ‘He applied mechanics to improve turbines and waterwheels more than doubling the efficiency of the waterwheel.’
    • ‘This paper contained equations which Laplace stated were important in mechanics and physical astronomy.’
    • ‘His texts include books on algebra, mechanics, geometry and analysis.’
    • ‘The courses he offered were on mathematics and mechanics.’
    • ‘With this work Lagrange transformed mechanics into a branch of mathematical analysis.’
    • ‘He held this post until 1854 and he gave many public lectures on the applications of mathematics and mechanics to industry.’
    • ‘Understanding the atom required a new kind of mechanics that operated through a new set of rules.’
    • ‘He wrote articles on the methodology of mathematics and on theoretical mechanics.’
    • ‘The brothers were given the best education in Baghdad, studying geometry, mechanics, music, mathematics and astronomy.’
    • ‘Cramer taught geometry and mechanics while Calandrini taught algebra and astronomy.’
    • ‘The historical development of mechanics reflected a similar learning process.’
    • ‘No further progress was made until the 16th Century when mechanics began to drive mathematicians to examine problems such as centres of gravity.’
    • ‘In his role as professor Olivier lectured on descriptive geometry and mechanics.’
    • ‘From 1899 until 1904 he was professor of mechanics and mathematical physics at Columbia.’
    • ‘Heron, although very adept at both mathematics and applied mechanics, was probably not very original in either.’
    • ‘There was no position for him at the university at this time so he was not able to teach his specialist research topics, but rather he had to teach mechanics, and statistics.’
    • ‘His official courses were on quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and complex function theory.’
    • ‘He lectured on analysis, physics, mechanics, chemistry, and engineering topics.’
    • ‘Bonnet also published on cartography, algebra, rational mechanics and mathematical physics.’
    1. 1.1 Machinery as a subject; engineering.
      • ‘Wanting to do more than cobble, he taught himself maths, navigation and practical mechanics.’
      • ‘The scheme is run chiefly for boys interested in mechanics and mechanical engineering.’
      • ‘This work was to be in four parts, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, and hydraulics.’
      practical details
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  • 2The machinery or working parts of something.

    ‘he looks at the mechanics of a car before the bodywork’
    • ‘Understanding the mechanics allows a relationship to develop between man and machine.’
    • ‘Although it has not yet been tested before, the theory behind the mechanics of the machine is a well established one.’
    • ‘I put my ear to the floor and hear only the rumble of the mechanics beneath the train and the scrape of the wheels grinding against the iron tracks.’
    • ‘There are clear, educational explanations of the physics of the tasks and the mechanics of the machines.’
    • ‘We could trace back the mechanics of the machine and learn the mind of God.’
    • ‘Alex, motivated by this rare compliment from Lance, set back to work on the mechanics of the machine.’
    1. 2.1 The way in which something is done or operated; the practicalities or details of something.
      ‘the mechanics of cello playing’
      • ‘All we can do is study the mechanics of account-giving.’
      • ‘Researchers studying flow in collapsible tubes have examined the mechanics of how blood gets pumped all the way up a giraffe's neck to its brain.’
      • ‘In this work, we have studied some features of the unbinding mechanics of red blood cells adhering to surfaces.’
      • ‘He set about studying the mechanics of human movement and taught himself how to walk without any pain at all.’
      • ‘Like digging, studying the mechanics of burrowing is also tough, because, well, it happens underground.’
      • ‘He studied golfers and their mechanics and tried to apply them to free-throw shooting.’
      • ‘A pitcher with sound mechanics and fluid motion is less likely to be injured.’
      • ‘In fact, however, few of them understand or practice the mechanics of emergency operations.’
      • ‘It is by this repeated practice that one becomes more accustomed to the subtle mechanics of the mind and more familiar and intimate with the experience of stillness.’
      • ‘He has a strong but erratic arm and should find more touch if he develops more consistent mechanics.’
      • ‘The first argument depends upon the mechanics involved in the making of a confiscation order.’
      • ‘If a pitcher deviates from his mechanics, he can spot flaws more quickly by studying his image on digital tape.’
      • ‘This transducer has been used to study the mechanics of single muscle cells.’
      • ‘Now that he has some experience, he's more comfortable behind the wheel and ready to learn the mechanics.’
      • ‘We correct mechanics like hand position, fingering creativity or mezzo pianos that are too loud.’