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Definition of "mechanics" []

  • The branch of physics that is concerned with the analysis of the action of forces on matter or material systems. (noun)
  • Design, construction, and use of machinery or mechanical structures. (noun)
  • The functional and technical aspects of an activity: The mechanics of football are learned with practice. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mechanics" in a sentence
  • "The term mechanics generally refers to the motion of large objects, whereas the study of motion at the level of the atom or smaller is the domain of quantum mechanics."
  • "Having made a fortunate and happy marriage, Saint-Simon was almost constantly at Versailles until the death of the King, and obtained the most intimate acquaintance with what he terms the mechanics of the court."
  • "The other talk dealing with what I term the mechanics and risks."