Definition of 'mechanism'
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An evolutionary survival mechanism makes the brain interpret diets as periods of famine. The Sun (2016)The defence mechanism came in the form of bunny ears and a smartphone. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Was it a defence mechanism? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Your anger is a defence mechanism against being hurt. The Sun (2011)Welfare reform is all about changing payment mechanisms rather than the social and cultural benefits of work. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Everyone else will cheer a more normal price discovery mechanism for this vital mineral. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Place and practice were paramount in his method for making sense of causal mechanisms in nature. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)In fact our defence mechanisms spring into action to defend us against being overwhelmed. Know Your Own Mind (1991)The worms are often used in tests as they have many biological mechanisms seen in higher animals. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Physical stress reactions are very old survival mechanisms. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)They also stress the permanence of the mechanisms or structures for incorporation. Politics, Planning and the State (1990)We shall now consider six defence mechanisms in a little detail. Educational Psychology in a Changing World (1988)Play is a biological mechanism for acquiring and honing mental and physical skills. MAKING HAPPY PEOPLE (2005)As a pricing mechanism, fixed prices introduce inefficiencies of their own. THE STRATEGY MACHINE (2002)In particular, the various triggers that set the mechanism into action remain mysterious. PLACEBO: The Belief Effect (2003)An independent Scotland would have to set up its own tax system with mechanisms to collect the money. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He attached the cage to an automatic mechanism that delivered food at random intervals, then sat back and watched. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Actually, her withdrawal was simply a coping mechanism that helped her cope with so many temporary things in her life. Christianity Today (2000)When the engine begins to stall, there are automatic mechanisms that are produced from within to attempt to repair it. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Complex pay mechanisms, often brought into appease shareholders by linking pay to various performance measures, can have unexpected results. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But it is a methodology that is informed by a view that social structures are, in various ways, oppressive mechanisms. Critical Social Research (1990)
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Translations for 'mechanism'
British English: mechanism /ˈmɛkəˌnɪzəm/ NOUN
A mechanism is a part of a machine that does a particular task.
...the locking mechanism.
- American English: mechanism
- Arabic: تِقْنِيَةُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: mecanismo
- Chinese: 机制
- Croatian: mehanizam
- Czech: mechanismus
- Danish: mekanisme
- Dutch: mechanisme
- European Spanish: mecanismo
- Finnish: mekanismi
- French: mécanisme
- German: Mechanismus
- Greek: μηχανισμός
- Italian: meccanismo
- Japanese: 機構 機械
- Korean: 장치
- Norwegian: mekanisme
- Polish: mechanizm
- European Portuguese: mecanismo
- Romanian: mecanism
- Russian: механизм
- Spanish: mecanismo
- Swedish: mekanism
- Thai: กลไกการทำงานของเครื่องจักร
- Turkish: mekanizma
- Ukrainian: механізм
- Vietnamese: cơ cấu máy
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