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mechanism

noun [C]  us   /ˈmek·əˌnɪz·əm/

mechanism noun [C] (MACHINE PART)

a part of a machine, or a set of parts that work together: Automatic cameras have a special focusing mechanism.

mechanism noun [C] (SYSTEM)

a way of doing something, esp. one that is planned or part of a system: The mechanism for collecting taxes needs revising.
Translations of “mechanism”
in Korean 기계 장치…
in Arabic آلية…
in Portuguese mecanismo…
in Catalan mecanisme…
in Japanese メカニズム…
in Italian meccanismo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 機器零件, 機械零件, 機械裝置…
in Russian механизм, способ…
in Turkish bir aletin mekanik parçası/bölümü, tertibat, düzenek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 机器部件, 机械部件, 机械装置…
in Polish mechanizm…
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