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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.


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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