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  1. mech·an·ism
    IPA[ˈmekəˌnizəm]
  2. noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: mechanism, plural noun: mechanisms

    • noun

      a system of parts working together in a machine; a piece of machinery:

      a natural or established process by which something takes place or is brought about:

    • noun

      an automatic reaction of the body against disease-causing organisms.

      a mental process (e.g., repression or projection) initiated, typically unconsciously, to avoid conscious conflict or anxiety.

    • noun

      a mental process such as daydreaming that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening aspects of reality:
    • noun

      an automatic reaction of the body against disease-causing organisms.

      a mental process initiated unconsciously to avoid experiencing conflict or anxiety.

    • noun

      a mental process which enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening aspects of reality:
    • an arrangement within the European Monetary System that allows the value of participating currencies to fluctuate to a defined degree in relation to each other so as to control exchange rates. Each currency is given a rate of exchange with the euro, from which it is allowed to fluctuate by no more than a specified amount; if it moves beyond this the government in question must alter its economic policies or reset the currency's rate with the euro.
    • an arrangement within the European Monetary System that allows the value of participating currencies to fluctuate to a defined degree in relation to each other so as to control exchange rates. Each currency is given a rate of exchange with the euro, from which it is allowed to fluctuate by no more than a specified amount; if it moves beyond this the government in question must alter its economic policies or reset the currency's rate with the euro.
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