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Synonyms for mechanism
ˈmɛk əˌnɪz əmmech·a·nism

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.5 / 4 votes

  1. mechanism

    A tool is something that is both contrived and used for extending the force of an intelligent agent to something that is to be operated upon. Those things by which pacific and industrial operations are performed are alone properly called tools, those designed for warlike purposes being designated weapons. An instrument is anything through which power is applied and a result produced; in general usage, the word is of considerably wider meaning than tool; as, a piano is a musical instrument. Instrument is the word usually applied to tools used in scientific pursuits; as, we speak of a surgeon's or an optician's instruments. An implement is a mechanical agency considered with reference to some specific purpose to which it is adapted; as, an agricultural implement; implements of war. Implement is a less technical and artificial term than tool. The paw of a tiger might be termed a terrible implement, but not a tool. A utensil is that which may be used for some special purpose; the word is especially applied to articles used for domestic or agricultural purposes; as, kitchen utensils; farming utensils. An appliance is that which is or may be applied to the accomplishment of a result, either independently or as subordinate to something more extensive or important; every mechanical tool is an appliance, but not every appliance is a tool; the traces of a harness are appliances for traction, but they are not tools. Mechanism is a word of wide meaning, denoting any combination of mechanical devices for united action. A machine in the most general sense is any mechanical instrument for the conversion of motion; in this sense a lever is a machine; but in more commonly accepted usage a machine is distinguished from a tool by its complexity, and by the combination and coordination of powers and movements for the production of a result. A chisel by itself is a tool; when it is set so as to be operated by a crank and pitman, the entire mechanism is called a machine; as, a mortising-machine. An apparatus may be a machine, but the word is commonly used for a collection of distinct articles to be used in connection or combination for a certain purpose — a mechanical equipment; as, the apparatus of a gymnasium; especially, for a collection of appliances for some scientific purpose; as, a chemical or surgical apparatus; an apparatus may include many tools, instruments, or implements. Implement is for the most part and utensil is altogether restricted to the literal sense; instrument, machine, and tool have figurative use, instrument being used largely in a good, tool always in a bad sense; machine inclines to the unfavorable sense, as implying that human agents are made mechanically subservient to some controlling will; as, an instrument of Providence; the tool of a tyrant; a political machine.

    apparatus, appliance, implement, instrument, machine, tool, utensil, weapon

Princeton's WordNet2.3 / 3 votes

  1. mechanism, chemical mechanismnoun

    the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction

    "he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"

    mechanics, chemical mechanism

  2. mechanism, mechanicsnoun

    the technical aspects of doing something

    "a mechanism of social control"; "mechanisms of communication"; "the mechanics of prose style"

    mechanics, chemical mechanism

  3. mechanismnoun

    a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function

    "the mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"

    mechanics, chemical mechanism

  4. mechanismnoun

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

    mechanics, chemical mechanism

  5. mechanismnoun

    device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

    mechanics, chemical mechanism

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. mechanismnoun

    mechanical action, mechanical agency

  2. mechanismnoun


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  1. Billy Roberts:

    But I do know that the idea of externalizing motivation is a long-standing, evidence-based mechanism for managing ADHD.

  2. Janez Kopac:

    Should the carbon pricing mechanism be introduced today, all the region's coal-fired power plants would go bankrupt overnight.

  3. Paul Callan:

    It doesn't strike me as a story that has a tale of innocence or redemption, which is the kind of story you would want to present to the jury if you were using this as a mechanism.

  4. Cynthia Ackrill:

    The mechanism of stress is that we get worked up over something so our sympathetic nervous system revs everything up. We need our heart pumping fast to keep our blood pressure up so that we've got good circulation and we can get away from the danger.

  5. Justin Wolfers:

    The mechanism by which monetary policy addresses inflation is it slows down the economy. It's a very, very painful path.

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