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.
- kin·e·mat·ic, kin·e·mat·i·cal, adjective
- kin·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use kinematics in a sentence
These combinations of pieces are known individually as kinematic pairs of elements, or briefly kinematic pairs.
Four links of this kind are shown in fig. 120 joined up to form a closed kinematic chain.
Kinematic pairs which have surface contact are classified as lower pairs.
Kinematic pairs in which contact takes place along a line only are classified as higher pairs.
The Joy valve gear mechanism is a good example of a compound kinematic chain.
British Dictionary definitions for kinematics
(functioning as singular) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or force: Compare dynamics (def. 1)
- kinematic, adjective
- kinematically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for kinematics
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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