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mechanics

  

      n  
1    functioning as sing   the branch of science, divided into statics, dynamics, and kinematics, concerned with the equilibrium or motion of bodies in a particular frame of reference  
   See also       quantum mechanics       wave mechanics       statistical mechanics  
2    functioning as sing   the science of designing, constructing, and operating machines  
3    the working parts of a machine  
4    the technical aspects of something  
the mechanics of poetic style     


celestial mechanics  
      n   the study of the motion of celestial bodies under the influence of gravitational fields  
fluid mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing   the study of the mechanical and flow properties of fluids, esp. as they apply to practical engineering,   (Also called)    hydraulics      See also       hydrodynamics       hydrostatics       hydrokinetics  
Newtonian mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing   a system of mechanics based on Newton's laws of motion  
quantum mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing   the branch of mechanics, based on the quantum theory used for interpreting the behaviour of elementary particles and atoms, which do not obey Newtonian mechanics  
rock mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing   the study of the mechanical behaviour of rocks, esp. their strength, elasticity, permeability, porosity, density, and reaction to stress  
soil mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing   the study of the physical properties of soil, esp. those properties that affect its ability to bear weight, such as water content, density, strength, etc.  
statistical mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing   the study of the properties of physical systems as predicted by the statistical behaviour of their constituent particles  
wave mechanics  
      n   functioning as sing     (Physics)   the formulation of quantum mechanics in which the behaviour of systems, such as atoms, is described in terms of their wave functions  
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