- 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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Examples from the Web for kinematic
By kinematic synthesis is meant the designing of a linkage to produce a given series of motions for a particular purpose.Kinematics of Mechanisms from the Time of Watt
Eugene S. Ferguson
Let us assume the hypothesis that it is possible to photograph a kinematic force in movement.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
These combinations of pieces are known individually as kinematic pairs of elements, or briefly kinematic pairs.
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.
- (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
Word Origin and History for kinematic
"science of motion," 1840, from French cinématique (Ampère, 1834), from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite). Related: Kinematic (1864); kinematical.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
- 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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