Meaning of “mechanical” in the English Dictionary

"mechanical" in British English

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mechanicaladjective

uk /məˈkæn.ɪ.kəl/ us /məˈkæn.ɪ.kəl/

mechanical adjective (MOVEMENT)

relating to movement, or to mechanics (= the study of the effect of physical forces on objects and their movement):

a study of the effects of mechanical forces on bones

mechanical adjective (WITHOUT THOUGHT)

C2 also mechanistic disapproving without thinking about what you are doing, especially because you do something often:

He gave a mechanical response.

(Definition of “mechanical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mechanical" in American English

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mechanicaladjective

us /məˈkæn·ɪ·kəl/

mechanical adjective (MACHINES)

[ not gradable ] of machines or their parts:

a mechanical problem

physics [ not gradable ] Mechanical forces are physical forces that cause objects or matter to move.

mechanical adjective (WITHOUT THOUGHT)

without thinking about what you are doing, esp. because you do it often:

The garbagemen worked in a slow, mechanical way.

(Definition of “mechanical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mechanical" in Business English

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mechanicaladjective

uk /mɪˈkænɪkəl/ us

relating to engines or machines, or the way they operate:

The company produces mechanical parts for airplane engines.
a mechanical problem

operated by a complicated system of parts or by a machine:

Modern computers are far more elaborate and powerful than the mechanical devices designed by Babbage.
mechanically
adverb

Fruit can be mechanically harvested.

(Definition of “mechanical” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)