Use the adjective mechanical to describe something related to machinery or tools. If your car breaks down on the same day that your watch stops, you've got a lot of mechanical problems.

You’ll most often hear mechanical used to describe something involving a machine. A mechanical problem at work might mean the copier has broken down again. Mechanical can also refer to physical forces, called mechanics having to do with how things move, like the mechanical elegance of a pendulum. We also use mechanical for human things that are so tedious, repetitive or automatic that they feel like they're done by machines and not people.

Definitions of mechanical
  1. adjective
    using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices
    “a mechanical process”
    “his smile was very mechanical
    “a mechanical toy”
    automatic, automatonlike, machinelike, robotic, robotlike
    resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine
    resembling the action of a machine
    explained in terms of physical forces
    mechanised, mechanized
    equipped with machinery
    operated by a mechanism
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    not mechanical
    not mechanistic
    unmechanised, unmechanized
    not mechanized
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  2. adjective
    relating to or concerned with machinery or tools
    mechanical arts”
    mechanical design”
    mechanical skills”
    synonyms: mechanically skillful
  3. adjective
    relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics
    “a belief that the universe is a mechanical contrivance”
    “the mechanical pressure of a strong wind”
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