mechanical

mechanical
me|chan|i|cal [mıˈkænıkəl] adj
[Date: 1400-1500; : Late Latin; Origin: mechanicus, from Greek, from mechane 'machine']
1.) affecting or involving a machine
The flight has been cancelled due to mechanical failure .
The plane had to make an emergency landing because of mechanical problems.
2.) using power from an engine or machine to do a particular kind of work
a mechanical digger
a mechanical device
3.) a mechanical action, reply etc is done without thinking, and has been done many times before
He was asked the same question so many times that the answer became mechanical.
4.) someone who is mechanical understands how machines work
5.) technical relating to or produced by physical forces
the mechanical properties of solids
>mechanically [-kli] adv
The actors spoke their lines mechanically, hardly caring about the meaning.
I'm not very mechanically minded (=good at understanding how machines work and repairing them) .

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