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mechanism

mech·an·ism

mechanism

 
 
pronunciation:
me k nih zm
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the structure, parts, or whole assemblage of a machine or mechanical system or device.
He carefully opened the old watch so that he could study the mechanism.The flintlock was a mechanism that solved many of the problems of firing a gun.
synonyms:
machine
similar words:
action, apparatus, device, instrument
definition 2: the operative or motive part, process, or factor that effects a result.
Enzyme action is the mechanism by which food is digested.
synonyms:
process
similar words:
action, apparatus, engine, factor, motor, operation
definition 3: automatic or habitual behavior or response, esp. elaborated patterns of self-protective thought and feeling.
Denial is a common defense mechanism.
synonyms:
reflex
similar words:
reaction, response
definition 4: the doctrine or theory that everything in the universe is the result of physical forces.
synonyms:
materialism
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