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

adj 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
not mechanical
not mechanistic
unmechanised, unmechanized
not mechanized
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adj relating to or concerned with machinery or tools

mechanical arts”
mechanical design”
mechanical skills”
mechanically skillful

adj 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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