What is mechanism?

  • (noun): (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes.
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "mechanism":

  • (noun): A natural object resembling a machine in structure or function.
    Example: "The mechanism of the ear"; "the mechanism of infection"
  • (noun): The atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction.
    Synonyms: chemical mechanism
  • (noun): Device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function.
  • (noun): The technical aspects of doing something.
    Example: "A mechanism of social control"
    Synonyms: mechanics

Famous quotes containing the word mechanism:

    A mechanism of some kind stands between us and almost every act of our lives.
    Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 3, ch. 2 (1962)

    I’ve never known a Philadelphian who wasn’t a downright “character;” possibly a defense mechanism resulting from the dullness of their native habitat.
    Anita Loos (1888–1981)

    The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
    Raymond Chandler (1888–1959)