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Definition of the noun mechanical device

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  1. mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: mechanism = device consisting of a piece of machinery
    • more specific terms:
      • broadcaster / spreader = a mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions
      • bumper = a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
      • bumper guard = vertical bars attached to a bumper to prevent locking bumpers with another vehicle
      • carburettor / carburetor = mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion
      • compressor = a mechanical device that compresses gasses
      • copyholder = mechanical device used in printing
      • coupling / coupler = a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
      • hair curler / crimper / curler / roller = a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around which the hair is wound to curl it
      • diaphragm / stop = a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
      • dicer = a mechanical device used for dicing food
      • electromechanical device = a mechanical device that is operated by electricity
      • escapement = mechanical device that regulates movement
      • gear lever / gearshift / gearstick / shifter = a mechanical device for engaging and disengaging gears
      • grab = a mechanical device for gripping an object
      • claw / hook = a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
      • simple machine / machine = a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
      • pantograph = mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scale
      • plunger / piston = mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion
      • propeller / propellor = a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water
      • pump = a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
      • ratchet / rachet / ratch = mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction
      • record changer / auto-changer / changer = an automatic mechanical device on a record player that causes new records to be played without manual intervention
      • ride = a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
      • seeder = a mechanical device that sows grass seed or grain evenly over the ground
      • shutter = a mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure
      • ski binding / binding = one of a pair of mechanical devices that are attached to a ski and that will grip a ski boot
      • splicer = a mechanical device for joining two pieces of paper or film or magnetic tape
      • splint = an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body
      • sprinkler = mechanical device that attaches to a garden hose for watering lawn or garden
      • stator coil / stator = mechanical device consisting of the stationary part of a motor or generator in or around which the rotor revolves
      • stoker = a mechanical device for stoking a furnace
      • stretcher = a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it
      • striker = the part of a mechanical device that strikes something
      • supply chamber = a mechanical device for holding something and supplying it as needed
      • swing = mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
      • pickup arm / tone arm / pickup = mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
      • trap = a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
      • vibrator = mechanical device that produces vibratory motion
      • vibrator = a mechanical device that vibrates
      • voting machine = a mechanical device for recording and counting votes mechanically
      • weather vane / weathervane / wind vane / vane = mechanical device attached to an elevated structure
      • wheelwork = mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine
      • winder = mechanical device around which something can be wound
      • winder / key = mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring
      • windscreen wiper / windshield wiper / wiper blade / wiper = a mechanical device that cleans the windshield

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for mechanical device

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Google previewDictionary of Environmental Engineering and Wastewater Treatment (2016)

by Alireza Bahadori, Scott T. Smith

Mechanical Aerator A mechanical device for the introduction of atmospheric oxygen into a liquid. See also MECHANICAL AERATION. Mechanical Plating Plating wherein fine metal powders are peened onto the work by tumbling or other ...

Google previewEnvironmental Engineering Dictionary and Directory (2000)

by Thomas M. Pankratz

scum collector A mechanical device for removing scum from the surface of a settling tank.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1977)

Volume 7 - Curve Fitting to Early Development of Programming Languages by Jack Belzer, Albert G. Holzman, Allen Kent

A START instruction from the computer puts the sequential machine into the busy state and causes the mechanical device to execute ...

Google previewSpecial Edition - Environmental Engineering Dictionary and Directory (2000)

by Thomas M. Pankratz

scum collector A mechanical device for removing scum from the surface of a settling tank.

Google previewDictionary of Agricultural and Allied Sciences (1992)

(A - B) by L. L. Somani

A special mechanical device which may be attached to a ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

Tel'e-graph-in'stru-ment A moving mechanical device used in the electric circuit. A perforator, transmitter, receiver, relay, register, or what not. See list under Telegraph. Tel'e-graph-key.

Google previewDictionary Of Computer & Information Technlgy

by Mrinal Talukdar

Economizer An economizer is a mechanical device used to reduce energy consumption. Economizers recycle energy produced within a system or leverage environmental temperature differences to achieve efficiency improvements.

Google previewHawkins' mechanical dictionary (1909)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the mechanic arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

A mechanical device for raising water, and thick liquids; an endless belt is provided with buckets like a grain elevator, and, as the buckets dip into the liquid, they each lift up a quantity which they discharge through a spout while turning over at ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1890)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

If a new or improved useful result is effected by means before well known, or any useful result is produced by a new mechanical device, or combination of old mechanical devices, in both cases the exercise of invention must be presumed, ...

Google previewASM Materials Engineering Dictionary (1992)

by Joseph R. Davis, ASM International

Apress whose slide is operated by a crank, eccentric, cam, toggle links, or other mechanical device. See also the figures accompanying eccentric gear, knuckle- lever press, and toggle press. mechanical press brake. A press brake using a ...

Google previewDictionary of Industrial Terms (2013)

by Michael D. Holloway, Chikezie Nwaoha

Electrical Engineering Actuator: An actuator is a mechanical device for moving or controlling a mechanism or system. On a steam line actuators are needed to operate control valves. The actuator accurately locates the valve plug in a position ...

Google previewThe Williams Dictionary of Biomaterials (1999)

by David Franklyn Williams

noun, dentistry Szycher's Medical Devices articulator mechanical device used to simulate movements of a patient's upper and lower jaw. noun, dentistry Szycher's Medical Devices Notes: Plaster casts ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

A mechanical device that fastens together two parts of a turbopump shaft or connects the shaft to other components of the turbopump. 3. A separable connector in a fluid system line or duct. course 1. The line of flight taken by a rocket, aircraft, ...

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Building a mechanical device for its appearance is like putting lace on a bowling ball. (Andrew Vachss)
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