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.

Definitions of mechanics
  1. noun
    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
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    natural philosophy, physics
    the science of matter and energy and their interactions
  2. noun
    the technical aspects of doing something
    “the mechanics of prose style”
    synonyms: mechanism
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    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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