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Definition of mechanical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1operated by power from an engine a mechanical device/toy/clock mechanical parts
  2. 2connected with machines and engines mechanical problems/defects The breakdown was due to a mechanical failure.
  3. 3(disapproving) (of people's behavior and actions) done without thinking, like a machine synonym routine a mechanical gesture/response My work has become mechanical—I could do it in my sleep.
  4. 4connected with the physical laws of movement and cause and effect (= with mechanics ) mechanical processes
  5. 5(of a person) good at understanding how machines work
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adverb a mechanically powered vehicle She spoke mechanically, as if thinking of something else. He's always been mechanically minded.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mechanical