Definition of mechanical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈkænɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈkænɪkl//
    Energy and physical forces, How machines work
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  1. 1operated by power from an engine a mechanical device/toy/clock mechanical parts See related entries: How machines work
  2. 2connected with machines and engines mechanical problems/defects The breakdown was due to a mechanical failure. See related entries: How machines work
  3. 3(disapproving) (of people’s behaviour 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 See related entries: Energy and physical forces
  5. 5(of a person) good at understanding how machines work
  6. Word Originlate Middle English (describing an art or occupation concerned with the construction of machines): via Latin from Greek mēkhanikos (from mēkhanē, from mēkhos ‘contrivance’) + -al.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mechanical