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Definition of mechanic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mechanic

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//məˈkænɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈkænɪk//
     
    Energy and physical forces, The car industry, People in motoring, Professions
     
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  1. 1 [countable] a person whose job is repairing machines, especially the engines of vehicles a car mechanic See related entries: The car industry, People in motoring, Professions
  2. 2 mechanics [uncountable] the science of movement and force see also quantum mechanics See related entries: Energy and physical forces
  3. 3 mechanics [uncountable] the practical study of machinery the school’s car maintenance department where students learn basic mechanics
  4. 4the mechanics [plural] the way something works or is done The exact mechanics of how payment will be made will be decided later.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘relating to manual labour’): via Old French or Latin from Greek mēkhanikos, from mēkhanē, from mēkhos ‘contrivance’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mechanic