Webster 1913 Edition
Of or pertaining to a machine or to machinery or tools; made or formed by a machine or with tools;
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Done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion; proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special intention or reflection;
Made and operated by interaction of forces without a directing intelligence;
Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate; empirical. See the 2d Note under
effective power; useful work exerted, as by a machine, in a definite time.–
See the Note under–
the application of mechanical appliances to the mounting, dismounting, and moving of artillery.
the principles of mechanics applied to the investigation of physical phenomena.–
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 combination.–
a solution of a problem by any art or contrivance not strictly geometrical, as by means of the ruler and compasses, or other instruments.