mechanic


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mechanic

a person skilled in maintaining or operating machinery, motors, etc.
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Adams was a mechanic, and had learned the trades of shoemaking, harness-making, and tinsmithing during the days of slavery.
So I suggest that my friend the Tin Woodman, who is a skillful mechanic, shall build some sort of a machine, with good strong wings, to carry us; and our friend Tip can then bring the Thing to life with his magical powder.
His sister Marian had been keeping company with an industrious young mechanic, of German extraction, who, after thoroughly learning the trade, had set up for himself in a bicycle-repair shop.
THE Warden of a Penitentiary was one day putting locks on the doors of all the cells when a mechanic said to him:
I raced on the heels of the Master Mechanic, carrying one of his babies for him, for the locomotives that was just pulling out.
Her bright black eyes blazed with abstract anger against those who rebuke mechanic science and ask for the return of romance.
Beside its primary value as the first chapter of the history of Europe, (the mythology thinly veiling authentic facts, the invention of the mechanic arts and the migration of colonies,) it gives the history of religion, with some closeness to the faith of later ages.
The sturdy hind now attends the levee of his fellow-labourer the ox; the cunning artificer, the diligent mechanic, spring from their hard mattress; and now the bonny housemaid begins to repair the disordered drum-room, while the riotous authors of that disorder, in broken interrupted slumbers, tumble and toss, as if the hardness of down disquieted their repose.
He noticed the mechanic waiting, as he himself was waiting-- but still on the opposite side of the street.
He trod the pavement heavily with his shiny boots, and his general get-up was that of a well-to-do mechanic in business for himself.
Why, I'm no mechanic,--I never pretended to be--but I've thought of a thing or two that the mechanics never thought of, and it's made a fine difference in our returns.
At other times anyone could dance who paid his money and was orderly; the railroad men, the roundhouse mechanics, the delivery boys, the iceman, the farm-hands who lived near enough to ride into town after their day's work was over.