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Via some other European language, ultimately from Latin mechanismus, from Ancient Greek μηχανικός (mēkhanikós, pertaining to machines or contrivance, mechanic, ingenious, inventive), from μηχανή (mēkhanḗ, a machine, contrivance).


mehānisms m (1st declension)

  1. mechanism, engine (system of elements in a machine, device, etc. that allows it to function by means of the motion of its elements)
    automašīnas stūres mehānismscar steering mechanism
    pulksteņa mehānismsclock mechanism
    skaņu pieraksta mehānismssound recording engine
    iedarbināt mehānismuto start the engine
    izjaukt mehānismuto disassemble the mechanism
  2. mechanism (system, especially if complex, for producing some work, some result)
    pārvaldes mehānismsadministrative mechanism
    valsts mehānismsthe mechanism of the state
  3. mechanism (system of processes, phenomena, actions, etc. in which one element affects or triggers others)
    domāšanas mehānismsthe mechanism of thinking
    organisma darbības mehānismsthe mechanism of the body's activity
    pētīt ķīmiskās reakcijas mehānismuto study the mechanism of a chemical reaction
    pētījumi par evolūcijas un dzīvības procesu mehānismiemstudies on the mechanism of evolution and the processes of life


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