What does the word mechanic mean?

Usage examples for mechanic

  1. But this man is a mechanic. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  2. It is this intellectual dignity, they say, that ennobles the painter's art; that lays the line between him and the mere mechanic; and produces those great effects in an instant, which eloquence and poetry, by slow and repeated efforts, are scarcely able to attain. – Seven Discourses on Art by Joshua Reynolds