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1    a system or structure of moving parts that performs some function, esp. in a machine  
2    something resembling a machine in the arrangement and working of its parts  
the mechanism of the ear     
3    any form of mechanical device or any part of such a device  
4    a process or technique, esp. of execution  
the mechanism of novel writing     
5      (Philosophy)  
a    the doctrine that human action can be explained in purely physical terms, whether mechanical or biological  
b    the explanation of phenomena in causal rather than teleological or essentialist terms  
c    the view that the task of science is to seek such explanations  
d    strict determinism,   (Compare)        dynamism       vitalism  
6      (Psychoanal)  
a    the ways in which psychological forces interact and operate  
b    a structure having an influence on the behaviour of a person, such as a defence mechanism  

defence mechanism  
1      (Psychoanal)   a usually unconscious mental process designed to reduce the anxiety, shame, etc., associated with instinctive desires  
2      (Physiol)   the protective response of the body against disease organisms  
escape mechanism  
      n     (Psychol)   any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities  
   See also       escapism  
Exchange Rate Mechanism  
1    the mechanism formerly used in the European Monetary System in which participating governments commited themselves to maintain the values of their currencies in relation to the ECU,   (Abbrev.)    ERM  
2      (Also)    Exchange Rate Mechanism II   the mechanism used to stabilize the currencies of European Union States that have not adopted the euro but wish to participate in European Monetary Union,   (Abbrev.)    ERM II  
innate releasing mechanism  
      n     (Psychol)   the process by which a stimulus evokes a response when the connection between the two is inborn,   (Abbrev.)    IRM  
Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition-Thesaurus  


1    apparatus, appliance, contrivance, device, instrument, machine, structure, system, tool  
2    action, components, gears, innards     (informal)   machinery, motor, workings, works  
3    agency, execution, functioning, means, medium, method, operation, performance, procedure, process, system, technique, workings  

Dictionnaire anglais Collins English synonyme-Thesaurus  

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the mechanism of blocking certain features for people who don't pay, especially on freemium models, for newspapers for example
Potential of web system and mechanism for eternal life exists within the cyberspace.
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