mechanical device

Definitions of mechanical device
  1. noun
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
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    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
    crimper, curler, hair curler, roller
    a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around which the hair is wound to curl it
    diaphragm, stop
    a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
    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
    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
    machine, simple machine
    a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point
    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, changer, record 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
    binding, ski 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, pickup arm, tone arm
    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
    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
    key, winder
    mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
    windscreen wiper, windshield wiper, wiper, wiper blade
    a mechanical device that cleans the windshield
    air compressor
    a compressor that takes in air at atmospheric pressure and delivers it at a higher pressure
    airplane propeller, airscrew, prop
    a propeller that rotates to push against air
    air pump, vacuum pump
    a pump that moves air in or out of something
    anchor, ground tackle
    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    aspirator
    a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid
    auxiliary pump, donkey pump
    a supplementary pump available if needed
    bicycle pump
    a small pump that fills bicycle tires with air
    bilge pump
    a pump to remove bilgewater
    bobbin, reel, spool
    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
    carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, roundabout, whirligig
    a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
    cartridge clip, cartridge holder, clip, magazine
    a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun
    centrifugal pump
    a pump that use centrifugal force to discharge fluid into a pipe
    clapper, tongue
    metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
    clevis
    a coupler shaped like the letter U with holes through each end so a bolt or pin can pass through the holes to complete the coupling; used to attach a drawbar to a plow or wagon or trailer etc.
    clutch
    a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
    Ferris wheel
    a vertical rotating mechanism consisting of a large wheel with suspended seats that remain upright as the wheel rotates; provides a ride at an amusement park
    firing pin
    striker that ignites the charge by striking the primer
    fluid drive
    an automotive power coupling
    force pump
    pump used to force a liquid up and expel it under pressure
    gas pump, gasoline pump, island dispenser, petrol pump
    a pump in a service station that draws gasoline from underground storage tanks
    gear, gearing, geartrain, power train, train
    wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
    grease-gun, gun
    a hand-operated pump that resembles a revolver; forces grease into parts of a machine
    hammer
    a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate
    cock, hammer
    the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
    hand pump
    a pump worked by hand
    head
    the striking part of a tool
    heart-lung machine
    a pump to maintain circulation during heart surgery; diverts blood from the heart and oxygenates it and then pumps it through the body
    hydraulic pump, hydraulic ram
    a water pump that uses the kinetic energy of flowing water to force a small fraction of that water to a reservoir at a higher level
    inclined plane
    a simple machine for elevating objects; consists of plane surface that makes an acute angle with the horizontal
    iris, iris diaphragm
    diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening
    lever
    a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum
    lift pump
    pump used to lift rather than force a liquid up
    cartridge, magazine
    a light-tight supply chamber holding the film and supplying it for exposure as required
    oil pump
    a pump that keeps a supply of oil on moving parts
    pothook
    an S-shaped hook to suspend a pot over a fire
    block, pulley, pulley block, pulley-block
    a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
    reed, vibrating reed
    a vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it
    reel
    winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod
    big dipper, chute-the-chute, roller coaster
    elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
    screw, screw propeller
    a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air
    stirrup pump
    a hand-operated reciprocating pump; used in fighting fires
    suction pump
    a pump for raising fluids by suction
    supercharger
    compressor that forces increased oxygen into the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine
    swivel
    a coupling (as in a chain) that has one end that turns on a headed pin
    tenterhook
    one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter
    trapeze
    a swing used by circus acrobats
    turnbuckle
    an oblong metal coupling with a swivel at one end and an internal thread at the other into which a threaded rod can be screwed in order to form a unit that can be adjusted for length or tension
    universal, universal joint
    coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
    variable-pitch propeller
    propeller for which the angle of the blades is adjustable
    watch key
    winder consisting of a key with a square hole; used for winding some watches
    water pump
    the pump in the cooling system of an automobile that cause the water to circulate
    weathercock
    weathervane with a vane in the form of a rooster
    wheel
    a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
    wind tee
    weather vane shaped like a T and located at an airfield
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    mechanism
    device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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