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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mechanize make mechanical "mechanize the procedure"
    • v mechanize make monotonous; make automatic or routine "If your work becomes too mechanized, change jobs!"
    • v mechanize equip with armed and armored motor vehicles "mechanize armies"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sickel's cut-off mechanism Sickel's cut-off mechanism
Corliss cut-off mechanism Corliss cut-off mechanism
Krupp breech mechanism Krupp breech mechanism
Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs
    • Mechanize To cause to be mechanical.
    • Mechanize (Mil) To equip (an armed force) with tanks or other vehicles.
    • Mechanize To introduce machinery into (a process) in order to reduce human effort or improve uniformity or quality of the result;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.
    • mechanize To render mechanical; bring into the form of mechanism; form mechanically; bring into a mechanical state or condition.
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  • J. August Strindberg
    “A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “Thus man of all creatures is more than a creature, he is also a creator. Man alone can direct his success mechanism by the use of imagination, or imaging ability.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. méchaniser,


In literature:

Those seely mechanics know not the joyaunce of fair fighting to gentle and to hound.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A large number of scientific and other gentlemen interested in mechanical refrigeration lately visited the works of Messrs. J.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 288" by Various
Her intent gaze studied the mechanism before her intelligently.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
Mechanical means, such as a sharp blow or pinching, may irritate a muscle and cause it to contract.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
It requires just the same expenditure of mechanical power to lift 1 lb.
"A Catechism of the Steam Engine" by John Bourne
Some spits were mechanized with a cogged wheel and a weight at the end of a string.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Tom was the mechanic-watchman.
"The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border" by Gerald Breckenridge
This remark assumes what unhappily seems a fact, that those plans were mainly mechanical.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Your mechanical fiction-monger, yes.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
It was a mere routine notification from the line-end operator at Copah, and the chief clerk read it sullenly to the master-mechanic.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Mechanism is not one principle of explanation among others.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Fifty years ago the piano-forte was a wretched piece of mechanism compared with the superb instrument of to-day.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
Sevcik was in many ways a wonderful teacher, yet inclined to overemphasize the mechanical side of the art.
"Violin Mastery" by Frederick H. Martens
When I know the piece technically or mechanically, I know it by heart.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
A great number of woodcuts have been for the first time introduced into this volume, which illustrate mechanical inventions.
"Knowledge is Power:" by Charles Knight
The great mechanics dwell in the realm of the real.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Their virtue and vice are mechanical.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The professor of a college is no longer a match for a master mechanic.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
My friend and his mechanic wore a lot, precisely in what detail I cannot say.
"Through East Anglia in a Motor Car" by J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
Soaking only softens it, and mechanical removal is usually necessary.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In poetry:

While brains mechanic vainly weave
The web and woof of thinking,
Go, mount up with the lark, and leave
The bird of wisdom blinking.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
No dull, mechanic round of toil
Life's morning charm can quite despoil;
And youth and beauty, hand in hand,
Will always find enchanted land.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Cap-pistols, drums, mechanic toys,
And all th' infernal host of horns
Whereby to strenuous hells of noise
Are turned the blessed Christmas morns;
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Or does the motherhood of those
Whose toil endures,
The farmers' and mechanics' wives, Hard working servants all their lives–
Deserve less price than yours?
"The Malingerer" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
Each is the image of content
From fragrant hours in clover spent,
'Mid leaf and bud;
As up and down without a pause
Mechanically move their jaws
To chew the cud.
"Cows" by Robert W Service
The mechanism of eternal forms--
The shifts that courtiers put their bodies through--
Were alien ways to him: his brawny arms
Had other work than posturing to do.
"Abraham Lincoln" by Alice Cary

In news:

Ming Leu, Wei Zhang, and their fellow mechanical engineers at the University of Missouri-Rolla think so.
Louisiana's ethics and disclosure laws look good on paper, but suffer from a lack of mechanisms to enforce them, according to an analysis released Monday that examined the " corruptibility " of state governments.
Great typing experience with springy mechanical switches.
Long term mechanical ventilation has been utilized for over 50 years and has consistently evolved to a more sophisticated level each year.
At first glance, a walk along a canal, a 19th century mathematician scribbling a formula on the side of a Dublin bridge and the perplexities of modern quantum mechanics, would seem to have little in common.
RESTING PLACE — The Concord Bicentennial time capsule was lowered into the ground on the corner of Franklin and Mechanic streets, where it will lie until 2062.
'Robot & Frank' review: a curmudgeon warms up to his mechanical pal.
No pitcher ever body mechanics better: His hips, sideways almost till the instant his front foot landed, have just this second completed most of a rapid spin toward the batter.
The Issaquah School District's bus mechanics approved their contract March 4.
Miguel Briones (acoustic pop singer-songwriter from Texas) gets an Albuquerque metal welcome from I Remember You, Mechanism Of Eve, Scarless and HATEengine.
And while mechanical animals are cool, we still love paper.
The Dominator CS offers the strength and durability of the legendary IMT Dominator mechanics truck in a non-crane mechanics body.
This is the common pushbutton door release mechanism.
" The good news is that turf grasses have an excellent dormancy mechanism that allows them to tolerate most droughts," Branham said.
"The good news is that turf grasses have an excellent dormancy mechanism that allows them to tolerate most droughts," Branham said.

In science:

Examples of this mechanism are the median mechanism, which is known to minimize the sum of distances, and the leftmost agent mechanism, which provides a 2-approximation for the minimax objective [?] (which is tight with respect to deterministic mechanisms). 2. left-right-middle (LRM) [?].
Randomized Strategyproof Mechanisms for Facility Location and the Mini-Sum-of-Squares Objective
Mechanism randomized DGM: Mechanism randomized DGM receives as a parameter a fraction q ∈ (1/2, 2/3], and applies mechanism PB with the following parameters: m = n, wi = 1/n for every i ∈ [n], and for every i ∈ [n], fi(x) is mechanism DGM with parameters i and q .
Randomized Strategyproof Mechanisms for Facility Location and the Mini-Sum-of-Squares Objective
The random dictator (RD) mechanism is the uniform distribution over dictator mechanisms, which are boomerang mechanisms.
Randomized Strategyproof Mechanisms for Facility Location and the Mini-Sum-of-Squares Objective
SP mechanism, yet it cannot be formulated as a special case of Mechanism PB or a probability distribution over PB mechanisms.
Randomized Strategyproof Mechanisms for Facility Location and the Mini-Sum-of-Squares Objective
Exotic mechanism: type II See-Saw (b) Exotic mechanism: RH neutrinos (a) Standard mechanism Figure 3.1.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
Standard mechanism and two examples of exotic mechanisms: in (b) the case of RH neutrinos and in (c) the case of the SU (2) Higgs triplet in the type II See-Saw mechanism.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
The massive gauge bosons obtain their masses from two separate mechanisms, namely from the usual Higgs mechanism, as well as from the Stueckelberg mechanism.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
When discussing mechanisms of harmonic generation, we should distinguish between two elements of the mechanism; in general, the mechanism is characterized by a steady state, in which the dipole spectrum contains the desired frequency.
Quantum Optimal Control Theory of Harmonic Generation
We identify two mechanisms at play for single spinon: an unsual Anderson localization mechanism, and a random con finement mechanism.
Localization of spinons in random Majumdar-Ghosh chains
For instance, if we use a genetic algorithm to solve the proposed model, then the genetic mechanism (or evolutionary mechanism) can be regarded as the mechanism of the modeled complex system.
A simple model clarifies the complicated relationships of complex networks
An exhaustive set of generative mechanisms does not exist because in this example there are no generative mechanisms (all mechanisms are preventive).
General theory for interactions in sufficient cause models with dichotomous exposures
In this connection, quantum mechanics may be considered as a deformation (the deformation parameter being ¯h) of classical mechanics and relativistic mechanics is, to a certain extent, another deformation (with 1/c as deformation parameter) of classical mechanics.
Introduction to Quantum Algebras
This is well born out by experience in that classical mechanics, classical electromagnetism, general relativity, nonrelativitstic quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum mechanics, and all the equations of the standard model of particles are at most of second order.
On a Generalization in Quantum Theory: Is $\hbar$ Constant?
If both mechanisms are operative, it is reasonably certain that primary mechanisms should dominate in the early Galaxy and that secondary mechanisms should dominate later.
The Evolution of He4 and LiBeB
After a brief summary of sources of unease with quantum mechanics, a survey is given of attempts either to give a new interpretive framework assuming quantum mechanics is exact, or to modify quantum mechanics assuming it is a very accurate approximation to a more fundamental theory.
Probability in Orthodox Quantum Mechanics: Probability as a Postulate Versus Probability as an Emergent Phenomenon