Definition of Mechanics

1. Noun. The branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference.

2. Noun. The technical aspects of doing something. "The mechanics of prose style"
Exact synonyms: Mechanism
Generic synonyms: Carrying Into Action, Carrying Out, Execution, Performance
Derivative terms: Mechanical, Mechanical

Definition of Mechanics

1. n. That science, or branch of applied mathematics, which treats of the action of forces on bodies.

Definition of Mechanics

1. Noun. (physics) The branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on material objects with mass ¹

2. Noun. The design and construction of machines. ¹

3. Noun. (context: writing) Spelling and punctuation. ¹

4. Noun. (plural of mechanic) ¹

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Definition of Mechanics

1. mechanic [n] - See also: mechanic

Medical Definition of Mechanics

1. That science, or branch of applied mathematics, which treats of the action of forces on bodies. That part of mechanics which considers the action of forces in producing rest or equilibrium is called statics; that which relates to such action in producing motion is called dynamics. The term mechanics includes the action of forces on all bodies, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous. It is sometimes, however, and formerly was often, used distinctively of solid bodies only: The mechanics of liquid bodies is called also hydrostatics, or hydrodynamics, according as the laws of rest or of motion are considered. The mechanics of gaseous bodies is called also pneumatics. The mechanics of fluids in motion, with special reference to the methods of obtaining from them useful results, constitutes hydraulics. Animal mechanics, that portion of physiology which has for its object the investigation of the laws of equilibrium and motion in the animal body. The most important mechanical principle is that of the lever, the bones forming the arms of the levers, the contractile muscles the power, the joints the fulcra or points of support, while the weight of the body or of the individual limbs constitutes the weight or resistance. Applied mechanics, the principles of abstract mechanics applied to human art; also, the practical application of the laws of matter and motion to the construction of machines and structures of all kinds. Origin: Cf. F. Mecanique. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mechanics

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Literary usage of Mechanics

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1911)
"JL Apprentices' course of experimental physics and mechanics. *50c. ... Maxim, JL Experimental applied mechanics for technical students. »60c. (*2s.) '10. ..."

2. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1858)
"12—Thomas Pearson Tate, aged 21, West Hartlepool Literary and mechanics' ... 61—Thomas Wood Chapman, mechanics' Institution, Ipswich—Clerk of Inland Revenue ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The progress which, thanks to these three able men, was made in general mechanics, may be summed up as follows: In 1743, by his principle of the equilibrium ..."

4. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1878)
"Parkinson's Treatise on mechanics, $3 Mem. Peck's Elementary mechanics, $1.75. ... Smith's Treatise on mechanics, $1.75 Har. Tait's Theoretical Mech., $1.50 ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"THE mechanics' BANK OF ALEXANDRIA. fore there was not any person authorized, or lawfully competent to take the bond, which is the subject of this suit; ..."

6. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineersby American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1910)
"Vols. 2, 4-11, 62-68 include the Society's Membership list; v. 55-80 include the Journal of applied mechanics (also issued separately) as contributions from..."

7. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (1921)
"WE have already stated several times that classical mechanics starts out from the ... Both in classical mechanics and in the special theory of relativity we ..."

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