[ kin-uh-mat-iks, kahy-nuh- ]

noun(used with a singular verb)Physics.
  1. the branch of mechanics that deals with pure motion, without reference to the masses or forces involved in it.

  2. Also called applied kinematics. the theory of mechanical contrivance for converting one kind of motion into another.

Origin of kinematics

1830–40; <Greek kīnēmat- (stem of kī́nēma movement; see cinema) + -ics

Other words from kinematics

  • kin·e·mat·ic, kin·e·mat·i·cal, adjective
  • kin·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kinematics in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kinematics


/ (ˌkɪnɪˈmætɪks, ˌkaɪ-) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or force: Compare dynamics (def. 1)

Origin of kinematics

C19: from Greek kinēma movement; see cinema, -ics

Derived forms of kinematics

  • kinematic, adjective
  • kinematically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for kinematics


[ kĭn′ə-mătĭks ]

  1. 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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