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English noun: mechanism

1. mechanism (process) the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction


SamplesHe determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions.


Synonymschemical mechanism


Broader (hypernym)chemical action, chemical change, chemical process


Narrower (hyponym)biochemical mechanism

2. mechanism (act) the technical aspects of doing something


SamplesA mechanism of social control.
Mechanisms of communication.
The mechanics of prose style.


Synonymsmechanics


Broader (hypernym)carrying into action, carrying out, execution, performance

3. mechanism (object) a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function


SamplesThe mechanism of the ear.
The mechanism of infection.


Broader (hypernym)natural object


Narrower (hyponym)barrier, biological clock, transmission mechanism

4. mechanism (cognition) (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes


Broader (hypernym)philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory


Domain categoryphilosophy

5. mechanism (artifact) device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)action, action mechanism, actuator, automaton, axis, axis of rotation, carriage, cartridge ejector, cartridge extractor, cartridge remover, clockwork, control, controller, cooling, cooling system, delayed action, drive, drive line, drive line system, ejector, extractor, fail-safe, film advance, gear, gear mechanism, golem, homing device, hydraulic system, ignition, ignition system, lock, mechanical device, radiator, robot, rotating mechanism, steering linkage, steering mechanism, steering system, tape drive, tape transport, transport, whirler, workings, works









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