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 (MACHINES)

B2 operated by a machine, or connected with machines or their parts:

a mechanical device
The company produces mechanical parts for airplane engines.
The plane appeared to have crashed because of a mechanical problem.

More examples

  • Charles Babbage's mechanical calculating engines were the antecedents of the modern computer.
  • Any mechanical problems would upset our plans of driving across the desert.

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

(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)