mechanics

Mechanics is the science of things in motion. If you're a physicist and your specialty is mechanics, you most likely study the way physical bodies are affected by forces and how they affect their environment.

Mechanics is one branch of physics — and some mathematicians are also focused on mechanics. You can divide this field of study into classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, but in either case it involves the study of motion and the forces that cause or result from motion. You can also use the noun mechanics when you talk about the inner workings or details of something, like the mechanics of baseball or the mechanics of the banking industry.

Primary Meanings of mechanics

1.
n
the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference
2.
n
the technical aspects of doing something
Full Definitions of mechanics
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n the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference

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Newtonian mechanics, classical mechanics
the branch of mechanics based on Newton's laws of motion
fluid mechanics, hydraulics
study of the mechanics of fluids
pneumatics
the branch of mechanics that deals with the mechanical properties of gases
statics
the branch of mechanics concerned with forces in equilibrium
dynamics, kinetics
the branch of mechanics concerned with the forces that cause motions of bodies
kinematics
the branch of mechanics concerned with motion without reference to force or mass
aerodynamics, aeromechanics
the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of gases (especially air) and their effects on bodies in the flow
hydrostatics
study of the mechanical properties of fluids that are not in motion
hydrodynamics, hydrokinetics
study of fluids in motion
ballistics
the science of flight dynamics
Type of:
natural philosophy, physics
the science of matter and energy and their interactions
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n the technical aspects of doing something

“the mechanics of prose style”
Synonyms:
mechanism
Type of:
carrying into action, carrying out, execution, performance
the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

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