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1. The art of the application of the laws of motion or force to construction.
2. A mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc, into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments. An art quite lost with our mechanics. (Sir T. Browne)
Origin: F. Mecanique mechanics. See Mechanic.
1. Having to do woth the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical; as, the mechanic arts. These mechanic philosophers. Mechanic slaves, With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers. (Shak)
2. Of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar. To make a god, a hero, or a king descend to a mechanic dialect. (Roscommon) Sometimes he ply’d the strong, mechanic tool. (Thomson)
3. Base.
Origin: F. Mecanique, L. Mechanicus, Gr, fr. A machine. See Machine.

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