AskDefine | Define mechanic

Dictionary Definition

mechanic adj : resembling the action of a machine; "from blank to blank a threadless way I pushed mechanic feet"- Emily Dickenson


1 a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools [syn: machinist, shop mechanic]
2 someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles [syn: automobile mechanic, auto-mechanic, car-mechanic, grease monkey]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A skilled worker capable of building or repairing machinery. A mechanic can be compared to a technician, the distinction being that the technician is stronger in theory, the mechanic stronger in hands-on experience.

Derived terms


a skilled worker capable of building or repairing machinery

Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Mechanic (disambiguation).
A mechanic is a person who uses tools to repair things (generally machinery) or works to keep things operating properly.
Many mechanics are specialised in a particular field such as auto mechanics, bicycle mechanics, boiler mechanics, industrial maintenance mechanics (millwrights), air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, aircraft mechanics, Diesel Mechanics and Tank Mechanics in the armed services.
mechanic in German: Mechaniker
mechanic in Italian: Meccanico
mechanic in Japanese: 整備士
mechanic in Polish: Mechanik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aeromechanic, aeronautical engineer, aircraftsman, apprentice, artificer, artisan, artist, cobbler, craftsman, craftswoman, doctor, fixer, flight tester, grease monkey, ground tester, handicraftsman, jet engineer, journeyman, little Miss Fixit, machinist, maintenance man, master, master carpenter, master craftsman, mechanician, mender, prentice, renovator, repairer, repairman, restorer, rigger, rocket engineer, serviceman, technician, tinker, trouble man, troubleshooter, wright
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