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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mechanical  \Me*chan"ic*al\,  a.  [From  {Mechanic},  a.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  governed  by  or  in  accordance  with 
  mechanics,  or  the  laws  of  motion;  pertaining  to  the 
  quantitative  relations  of  force  and  matter,  as 
  distinguished  from  mental,  vital,  chemical,  etc.;  as 
  mechanical  principles;  a  mechanical  theory;  mechanical 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  machine  or  to  machinery  or  tools; 
  made  or  formed  by  a  machine  or  with  tools;  as  mechanical 
  precision;  mechanical  products. 
  We  have  also  divers  mechanical  arts.  --Bacon. 
  3.  Done  as  if  by  a  machine;  uninfluenced  by  will  or  emotion; 
  proceeding  automatically,  or  by  habit,  without  special 
  intention  or  reflection;  as  mechanical  singing; 
  mechanical  verses;  mechanical  service. 
  4.  Made  and  operated  by  interaction  of  forces  without  a 
  directing  intelligence;  as  a  mechanical  universe. 
  5.  Obtained  by  trial,  by  measurements,  etc.;  approximate; 
  empirical.  See  the  2d  Note  under  {Geometric}. 
  {Mechanical  effect},  effective  power;  useful  work  exerted,  as 
  by  a  machine,  in  a  definite  time. 
  {Mechanical  engineering}.  See  the  Note  under  {Engineering}. 
  {Mechanical  maneuvers}  (Mil.),  the  application  of  mechanical 
  appliances  to  the  mounting,  dismounting,  and  moving  of 
  artillery.  --Farrow. 
  {Mechanical  philosophy},  the  principles  of  mechanics  applied 
  to  the  inverstigation  of  physical  phenomena. 
  {Mechanical  powers},  certain  simple  instruments,  such  as  the 
  lever  and  its  modifications  (the  wheel  and  axle  and  the 
  pulley),  the  inclined  plane  with  its  modifications  (the 
  screw  and  the  wedge),  which  convert  a  small  force  acting 
  through  a  great  space  into  a  great  force  acting  through  a 
  small  space,  or  vice  versa,  and  are  used  separately  or  in 
  {Mechanical  solution}  (Math.),  a  solution  of  a  problem  by  any 
  art  or  contrivance  not  strictly  geometrical,  as  by  means 
  of  the  ruler  and  compasses,  or  other  instruments. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mechanical  \Me*chan"ic*al\,  n. 
  A  mechanic.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  using  (or  as  if  using)  mechanisms  or  tools  or  devices;  "a 
  mechanical  process";  "his  smile  was  very  mechanical"; 
  "a  mechanical  toy"  [ant:  {nonmechanical}] 
  2:  relating  to  or  concerned  with  machinery  or  tools; 
  "mechanical  arts";  "mechanical  design";  "mechanical 
  skills"  [syn:  {mechanically  skillful}] 
  3:  relating  to  or  governed  by  or  in  accordance  with  mechanics; 
  "a  belief  that  the  universe  is  a  mechanical  contrivance"; 
  "the  mechanical  pressure  of  a  strong  wind" 
  4:  lacking  thought  or  feeling 

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