mechanism Definition

  • 1a system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery.
  • 2a natural or established process by which something takes place or is brought about.

Using mechanism: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mechanism" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The mechanism of the clock was intricate and fascinating to watch.

  • Example

    The mechanism of photosynthesis is still not fully understood.

  • Example

    The mechanism of action for this medication is to block certain receptors in the brain.

mechanism Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for mechanism

Phrases with mechanism

  • an unconscious psychological mechanism that reduces anxiety arising from unacceptable or potentially harmful stimuli.


    Her defense mechanism was to shut down and avoid the conversation altogether.

  • mechanism of injury

    the way in which an injury occurred, often used in medical contexts.


    The doctor asked about the mechanism of injury to better understand how to treat the patient.

  • the method by which something is delivered, often used in business or logistics contexts.


    We need to decide on the mechanism of delivery for the new product line.

Origins of mechanism

from Latin 'mechanismus', from Greek 'mēkhanē', meaning 'machine'


Summary: mechanism in Brief

A 'mechanism' [ˈmekənɪz(ə)m] refers to a system of parts working together in a machine or a natural process by which something takes place. It can be used to describe the inner workings of a clock or the process of photosynthesis. 'Mechanism' extends into phrases like 'defense mechanism,' which describes an unconscious psychological response to anxiety, and 'mechanism of injury,' which describes the way in which an injury occurred.