Definition of mechanics in English:


plural noun

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

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

    ‘he looks at the mechanics of a car before the bodywork’
    • ‘Although it has not yet been tested before, the theory behind the mechanics of the machine is a well established one.’
    • ‘There are clear, educational explanations of the physics of the tasks and the mechanics of the machines.’
    • ‘Alex, motivated by this rare compliment from Lance, set back to work on the mechanics of the machine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Understanding the mechanics allows a relationship to develop between man and machine.’
    • ‘We could trace back the mechanics of the machine and learn the mind of God.’
    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.’
      • ‘He set about studying the mechanics of human movement and taught himself how to walk without any pain at all.’
      • ‘In fact, however, few of them understand or practice the mechanics of emergency operations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now that he has some experience, he's more comfortable behind the wheel and ready to learn the mechanics.’
      • ‘Like digging, studying the mechanics of burrowing is also tough, because, well, it happens underground.’
      • ‘A pitcher with sound mechanics and fluid motion is less likely to be injured.’
      • ‘He has a strong but erratic arm and should find more touch if he develops more consistent mechanics.’
      • ‘If a pitcher deviates from his mechanics, he can spot flaws more quickly by studying his image on digital tape.’
      • ‘We correct mechanics like hand position, fingering creativity or mezzo pianos that are too loud.’
      • ‘He studied golfers and their mechanics and tried to apply them to free-throw shooting.’
      • ‘This transducer has been used to study the mechanics of single muscle cells.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first argument depends upon the mechanics involved in the making of a confiscation order.’