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Definition of mechanism:

  1. An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
  2. Mechanical operation or action.
  3. The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.

Synonyms:

weapon, apparatus, mechanics, instrumentation, instrumentality, agent, instrument, agency, intermediary, implement, appliance, chemical mechanism, means, utensil, medium, mechanical action, mean, organ, machine, tool, device, system of parts.

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