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Mechanism

Mech´an`ism
n.1.The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.
2.The series of causal relations that operate to produce an effect in any system; as, the mechanism of a chemical reaction.
3.Mechanical operation or action.
4.(Kinematics) An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
Noun1.mechanism - the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction; "he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"
2.mechanism - the technical aspects of doing something; "a mechanism of social control"; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"
Synonyms: mechanics
3.mechanism - a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function; "the mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"
4.mechanism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes
5.mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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