Webster 1913 Edition
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;
mechanismof a watch; the
mechanismof a sewing machine; the
mechanismof a seed pod.
Mechanical operation or action.
He acknowledges nothing besides matter and motion; so that all must be performed either by
An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Action of a machine, according to the laws of mechanics.