Pronunciation: (mu-kan'iks), [key]
1. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of physics that deals with the action of forces on bodies and with motion, comprised of kinetics, statics, and kinematics.
2. (used with a sing. v.) the theoretical and practical application of this science to machinery, mechanical appliances, etc.
3. (usually used with a pl. v.) the technical aspect or working part; mechanism; structure.
4. (usually used with a pl. v.) routine or basic methods, procedures, techniques, or details: the mechanics of running an office; the mechanics of baseball.
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