[ ki-net-ik, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, kaɪ- /
pertaining to motion.
caused by motion.
characterized by movement: Running and dancing are kinetic activities.
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Origin of kinetic
1850–55; <Greek kīnētikós
moving, equivalent to kīnē-
(verbid stem of kīneîn
to move) + -tikos-tic
OTHER WORDS FROM kineticki·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ki·net·ic, adjective
Other definitions for kinetic (2 of 2)
a combining form found on adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -kinesia or -kinesis: bradykinetic.
Origin of -kinetic
) (see kineto-
) + -ic
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022
How to use kinetic in a sentence
What looks like filthy chaos at the moment is actually the kinetic energy that gives birth to modern metropolises.
And she's walking, head bobbing, with an odd kinetic purpose, behind other people's camera shots.
There was a kinetic energy, a vibrancy that leapt off the screen that did, indeed, dazzle.
An opening that features something kinetic seems to work pretty often.
In the early 2000s, Dutschke joined a Tupelo studio called Kinetic Kick owned by Noel McMichael.
The laws of gases, it is known, are in accord with the two simple assumptions of the kinetic theory.
This represents, therefore, the pressure of such a gas, as calculated on the basis of the assumptions of the kinetic theory.
It is therefore natural to look for the cause of osmotic pressure in kinetic phenomena and not in attractions.
When a pendulum is vibrating, there is a continual transformation of potential into kinetic energy, and vice versa.
This energy, potential or latent in the coal, becomes kinetic and evident in the heat of the boiler and the work of the engine.
British Dictionary definitions for kinetic
relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion
Derived forms of kinetickinetically, adverb
Word Origin for kinetic
C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move
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Medical definitions for kinetic
Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
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