mechanism


mechanism
noun
1 part of a machine
ADJECTIVE
firing, locking, steering, trigger, winding
VERB + MECHANISM
activate

This activates the train's tilt mechanism.

jam

The gun froze, jamming the mechanism.

MECHANISM + VERB
operate, work

The door locking mechanism doesn't work.

2 system/method
ADJECTIVE
effective

an effective mechanism for enforcing the rules

exact, precise

Scientists have been unable to explain the exact mechanism behind this effect.

underlying
complex, complicated
simple
alternative

He suggested an alternative mechanism for providing public services.

social
avoidance, control, coping, defence/defense, escape, feedback, protective, repair, survival

The body has defence mechanisms against many diseases.

cellular, genetic, immunological, molecular, neural, physiological, psychological, etc.
VERB + MECHANISM
provide

The system provides a mechanism whereby information is fed back into the market.

propose, suggest
investigate
activate, trigger

This activates the body's thirst mechanism.

control, govern, regulate

physiological mechanisms regulating the release of hormones

MECHANISM + VERB
operate, work
allow sth, ensure sth
PREPOSITION
by the mechanism of, through the mechanism of

The government is held accountable through the mechanism of regular general elections.

mechanism for

a mechanism for dealing with complaints

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