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 for Mechanical engineering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mechanical \Me*chan"ic*al\, a. [From Mechanic, a.]
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     1. Pertaining to, governed by, or in accordance with,
        mechanics, or the laws of motion; pertaining to the
        quantitative relations of force and matter on a
        macroscopic scale, as distinguished from mental,
        vital, chemical, electrical, electronic, atomic
        etc.; as, mechanical principles; a mechanical theory;
        especially, using only the interactions of solid parts
        against each other; as mechanical brakes, in contrast to
        hydraulic brakes.
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     2. Of or pertaining to a machine or to machinery or tools;
        made or formed by a machine or with tools; as, mechanical
        precision; mechanical products.
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              We have also divers mechanical arts.  --Bacon.
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     3. Done as if by a machine; uninfluenced by will or emotion;
        proceeding automatically, or by habit, without special
        intention or reflection; as, mechanical singing;
        mechanical verses; mechanical service.
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     4. Made and operated by interaction of forces without a
        directing intelligence; as, a mechanical universe.
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     5. Obtained by trial, by measurements, etc.; approximate;
        empirical. See the 2d Note under Geometric.
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     Mechanical effect, effective power; useful work exerted, as
        by a machine, in a definite time.
     Mechanical engineering. See the Note under Engineering.
     Mechanical maneuvers (Mil.), the application of mechanical
        appliances to the mounting, dismounting, and moving of
        artillery. --Farrow.
     Mechanical philosophy, the principles of mechanics applied
        to the investigation of physical phenomena.
     Mechanical powers, certain simple instruments, such as the
        lever and its modifications (the wheel and axle and the
        pulley), the inclined plane with its modifications (the
        screw and the wedge), which convert a small force acting
        through a great space into a great force acting through a
        small space, or vice versa, and are used separately or in
     Mechanical solution (Math.), a solution of a problem by any
        art or contrivance not strictly geometrical, as by means
        of the ruler and compasses, or other instruments.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Engineering \En`gi*neer"ing\, n.
     Originally, the art of managing engines; in its modern and
     extended sense, the art and science by which the properties
     of matter are made useful to man, whether in structures,
     machines, chemical substances, or living organisms; the
     occupation and work of an engineer. In the modern sense, the
     application of mathematics or systematic knowledge beyond the
     routine skills of practise, for the design of any complex
     system which performs useful functions, may be considered as
     engineering, including such abstract tasks as designing
     software ({software engineering).
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     Note: In a comprehensive sense, engineering includes
           architecture as a mechanical art, in distinction from
           architecture as a fine art. It was formerly divided
           into military engineering, which is the art of
           designing and constructing offensive and defensive
           works, and civil engineering, in a broad sense, as
           relating to other kinds of public works, machinery,
     Civil engineering, in modern usage, is strictly the art of
        planning, laying out, and constructing fixed public works,
        such as railroads, highways, canals, aqueducts, water
        works, bridges, lighthouses, docks, embankments,
        breakwaters, dams, tunnels, etc.
     Mechanical engineering relates to machinery, such as steam
        engines, machine tools, mill work, etc.
     Mining engineering deals with the excavation and working of
        mines, and the extraction of metals from their ores, etc.
        Engineering is further divided into steam engineering, gas
        engineering, agricultural engineering, topographical
        engineering, electrical engineering, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mechanical engineering
      n 1: the branch of engineering that deals with the design and
           construction and operation of machinery

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