mechanic

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mechanike (mechanic art), from Old French mecanique, from Latin mechanicus (of or belonging to machines or mechanics, inventive), from Ancient Greek μηχανικός (mēkhanikos, pertaining to machines or contrivance, mechanic, ingenious, inventive), from μηχανή (mēkhanē, a machine, contrivance); see machine.

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mechanic

  1. (archaic) mechanical; relating to the laws of motion in the art of constructing things
    • Ray
      These mechanic philosophers.
    • Shakespeare
      Mechanic slaves, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers.
  2. (obsolete) Of or relating to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.
    • Roscommon
      To make a god, a hero, or a king / Descend to a mechanic dialect.
    • Thomson
      Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool.
  3. (obsolete) base
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Whitlock to this entry?)

Noun[edit]

mechanic (plural mechanics)

  1. A skilled worker capable of building or repairing machinery. A mechanic can be compared to a technician, the distinction being that the technician is stronger in theory, the mechanic stronger in hands-on experience.

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