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Me*chan"ic (?), n. [F. mécanique mechanics. See Mechanic, a.] 1. The art of the application of the laws of motion or force to construction. [Obs.]
2. A mechanician; an artisan; an artificer; one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping and uniting materials, as wood, metal, etc., into any kind of structure, machine, or other object, requiring the use of tools, or instruments. Also, a technician who maintains or repairs machinery; as, an auto mechanic.
An art quite lost with our mechanics. Sir T. Browne.
Me*chan"ic (m&euptack_;*kăn"ĭk), a. [F. mécanique, L. mechanicus, Gr. mhchaniko`s, fr. mhchanh` a machine. See Machine.] 1. Having to do with the application of the laws of motion in the art of constructing or making things; of or pertaining to mechanics; mechanical; as, the mechanic arts. “These mechanic philosophers.” Ray.
Mechanic slaves, Shak.
With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers.
2. Of or pertaining to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.
To make a god, a hero, or a king Roscommon.
Descend to a mechanic dialect.
Sometimes he ply'd the strong, mechanic tool. Thomson.
3. Base. [Obs.] Whitlock.