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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mechanism  \Mech"an*ism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  m['e]canisme,  L.  mechanisma. 
  See  {Mechanic}.] 
  1.  The  arrangement  or  relation  of  the  parts  of  a  machine;  the 
  parts  of  a  machine,  taken  collectively;  the  arrangement  or 
  relation  of  the  parts  of  anything  as  adapted  to  produce  an 
  effect;  as  the  mechanism  of  a  watch;  the  mechanism  of  a 
  sewing  machine;  the  mechanism  of  a  seed  pod. 
  2.  Mechanical  operation  or  action 
  He  acknowledges  nothing  besides  matter  and  motion; 
  so  that  all  must  be  performed  either  by  mechanism  or 
  accident.  --Bentley. 
  3.  (Kinematics)  An  ideal  machine;  a  combination  of  movable 
  bodies  constituting  a  machine,  but  considered  only  with 
  regard  to  relative  movements. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  atomic  process  that  occurs  during  a  chemical  reaction; 
  "he  determined  unique  mechanisms  for  the  photochemical 
  reactions"  [syn:  {chemical  mechanism}] 
  2:  technical  aspects  of  doing  something  "mechanisms  of 
  communication";  "the  mechanics  of  prose  style"  [syn:  {mechanics}] 
  3:  a  natural  object  resembling  a  machine  in  structure  and 
  function;  "the  mechanism  of  the  ear" 
  4:  a  piece  of  machinery  or  a  mechanical  device;  has  moving 
  parts  that  perform  some  function 

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