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- (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈmɛk.ə.nɪ.zəm/, [ˈmɛk.ə.nɪ.zm̩]
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- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈmek.ə.nɪ.zəm/, [ˈmek.əˌnɪ.zm̩]
- (within a machine or machinery) Any mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion, or the transmission or control of power.
- Any combination of cams, gears, links, belts, chains and logical mechanical elements.
- A group of entities, such as objects, that interact together.
- 2023 March 22, 'Industry Insider', “Restoring Your Railway”, in RAIL, number 979, page 68:
- Outside the boundaries of the PTEs [Passenger Transport Executives], there was little mechanism to re-open routes, and despite a growing realisation that the lack of transport connectivity was a big contributor towards social deprivation and poor economic performance, there was little government policy recognition.
- A mental, physical, or chemical process.
- Any process of, or system designed to manage useful energy conversion.
- (philosophy) The theory that all natural phenomena can be explained by physical causes.
- → Welsh: mecanism
mechanical means for the conversion or control of motion
mental, chemical, or physical process
process of, or system designed to manage useful energy conversion