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definition 1: the structure, parts, or whole assemblage of a machine or mechanical system or device.
example: He carefully opened the old watch so that he could study the mechanism.
example: The flintlock was a mechanism that solved many of the problems of firing a gun.
definition 2: the operative or motive part, process, or factor that effects a result.
example: Enzyme action is the mechanism by which food is digested.
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