Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



From mechanical +‎ -ly.


  • IPA(key): /məˈkænɪkli/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: me‧chan‧i‧cal‧ly


mechanically (comparative more mechanically, superlative most mechanically)

  1. In a mechanical manner.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      My fears, however, made me mechanically close my thighs; but the very touch of his hand insinuated between them, disclosed them and opened a way for the main attack.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, pages 183–184:
      "Of what avail," and her eyes wandered mechanically round, "is all the luxury by which I am surrounded, if it serve only as a barrier to all kindly feelings?"

Derived terms[edit]