Dictionary Results for mechanism


1. mechanism - noun

· the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction; "he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"

Synonym(s): chemical_mechanism

Hypernym(s): chemical_process, chemical_change, chemical_action




2. mechanism - noun

· the technical aspects of doing something; "a mechanism of social control"; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"

Synonym(s): mechanics

Hypernym(s): performance, execution, carrying_out, carrying_into_action




3. mechanism - noun

· a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function; "the mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"

Hypernym(s): natural_object




4. mechanism - noun

· (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes

Hypernym(s): philosophical_doctrine, philosophical_theory




5. mechanism - noun

· device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

Hypernym(s): device





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