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kinematics

[ kin-uh-mat-iks, kahy-nuh- ]
/ ˌkɪn əˈmæt ɪks, ˌkaɪ nə- /
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noun (used with a singular verb)Physics.
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.
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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, adjectivekin·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for kinematics

kinematics
/ (ˌkɪnɪˈmætɪks, ˌkaɪ-) /

noun
(functioning as singular) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or forceCompare dynamics (def. 1)

Derived forms of kinematics

kinematic, adjectivekinematically, adverb

Word Origin for kinematics

C19: from Greek kinēma movement; see cinema, -ics
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Medical definitions for kinematics

kinematics
[ kĭn′ə-mătĭks ]

n.
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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Scientific definitions for kinematics

kinematics
[ kĭn′ə-mătĭks ]

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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