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English definition of “mechanism”

mechanism

noun [C]     /ˈmekənɪzəm/
PART OF EQUIPMENT a part of a piece of equipment that does a particular job: The clock's winding mechanism had broken.Engines and motorsThe engine and engine parts
SYSTEM a system for achieving something, or the way that a system works: We need a mechanism for resolving this sort of dispute.Ways of achieving things
(Definition of mechanism noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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