- mechanick (obsolete)
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 (mēkhanikós, “pertaining to machines or contrivance, mechanic, ingenious, inventive”), from μηχανή (mēkhanḗ, “a machine, contrivance”); see machine.
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- (archaic) mechanical; relating to the laws of motion in the art of constructing things
- These mechanic philosophers.
- Mechanic slaves, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers.
- (obsolete) Of or relating to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.
- To make a god, a hero, or a king / Descend to a mechanic dialect.
- Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool.
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mechanic (plural mechanics)
- 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.