- the branch of mechanics that deals with pure motion, without reference to the masses or forces involved in it.
- Also called applied kinematics. the theory of mechanical contrivance for converting one kind of motion into another.
Origin of kinematics
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This is because the steering of the tricycle depends on a kinematical, that of the Otto on a dynamical principle.
The kinematical discussion begins with the consideration of motion along a continuous line, curved or straight.Lord Kelvin
Obviously the number of such geometrical or kinematical definitions is infinite.
For applications of the hodograph to the solution of kinematical problems see Mechanics.
- (functioning as singular) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or forceCompare dynamics (def. 1)
C19: from Greek kinēma movement; see cinema, -ics
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Word Origin and History for kinematical
"science of motion," 1840, from French cinématique (Ampère, 1834), from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite). Related: Kinematic (1864); kinematical.
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- The branch of mechanics dealing with the study of the motion of a body or a system of bodies without consideration given to its mass or the forces acting on it.
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- The branch of physics that deals with the characteristics of motion without regard for the effects of forces or mass. Compare dynamics.
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