mechanical device

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principlesmechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
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
carburetor, carburettor - mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion
compressor - a mechanical device that compresses gasses
copyholder - mechanical device used in printing; holds the copy for the compositor
coupler, coupling - a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
curler, hair curler, crimper, roller - a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around which the hair is wound to curl it; "a woman with her head full of curlers is not a pretty sight"
diaphragm, stop - a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens; "the new cameras adjust the diaphragm automatically"
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; "in Britain they call a gearshift a gear lever"
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
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
pantograph - mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scale
piston, plunger - 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
rachet, ratch, ratchet - mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction
auto-changer, record 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; the bindings should release in case of a fall
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 (as a broken leg)
sprinkler - mechanical device that attaches to a garden hose for watering lawn or garden
stator, stator coil - 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; used for massage
vibrator - a mechanical device that vibrates; "a reed is the vibrator that produces the sound"
voting machine - a mechanical device for recording and counting votes mechanically
vane, weather vane, weathervane, wind vane - mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
wheelwork - mechanical device including an arrangement of wheel in a machine (especially a train of gears)
winder - mechanical device around which something can be wound
winder, key - mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
windscreen wiper, windshield wiper, wiper blade, wiper - a mechanical device that cleans the windshield
References in classic literature ?
Past experience suggested that the great wings were a part of some ingenious mechanical device, for the limitations of the human mind, which is always loath to accept aught beyond its own little experience, would not permit him to entertain the idea that the creatures might be naturally winged and at the same time of human origin.
As Bradley gazed upon them in wide-eyed astonishment, he saw plainly that all his intelligence, all his acquired knowledge through years of observation and experience were set at naught by the simple evidence of the fact that stood out glaringly before his eyes--the creatures' wings were not mechanical devices but as natural appendages, growing from their shoulderblades, as were their arms and legs.
A mechanical device for inflicting personal distinction
This roof concealed a loft, from which gods and goddesses or any appropriate properties could be let down by mechanical devices.
2 : a mechanical device (as a cash register) that records items
Code defines a tracking device as an electronic or mechanical device that permits the tracking of the movement of a person or object.
1), is about a mechanical device (the STAN monitor) designed to correct the flaws of another mechanical device (the standard electronic fetal monitor).
Notice 2004-54 allows return preparers to sign original returns, amended returns or extension requests by the following alternative methods: (1) rubber stamp, (2) mechanical device or (3) computer software program.
Foam passes on a conveyor belt through a metal separator and then is sorted from rigid plastics with a mechanical device developed by Salyp with Central Material Handling Systems in Groveland, Ill.
Any code can be compromised, any mechanical device circumvented.
The textile industry was increasingly important for Great Britain, and any mechanical device that could increase production would add to the wealth of those who owned the mills and factories.
a Xerox subsidiary, has developed ChannelBind System 20, a mechanical device that binds documents instantly, without glue or heat, and the final product looks professionally bound.