|1.||[ noun ] (chemistry) the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction|
"he determined unique mechanisms for the photochemical reactions"
|Related terms:||chemical_process biochemical_mechanism|
|2.||[ noun ] the technical aspects of doing something|
"a mechanism of social control" "mechanisms of communication" "the mechanics of prose style"
|3.||[ noun ] a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function|
"the mechanism of the ear" "the mechanism of infection"
|Related terms:||natural_object barrier biological_clock transmission_mechanism|
|4.||[ noun ] (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes|
|Related terms:||philosophical_doctrine philosophy|
|5.||[ noun ] device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function|
|Related terms:||device action drive lock cooling_system control works gear hydraulic_system clockwork mechanical_device delayed_action carriage axis steering_linkage homing_device tape_drive ignition cartridge_ejector drive_line radiator rotating_mechanism film_advance steering_system cartridge_extractor automaton whirler actuator|