- 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
Examples from the Web for kinematical
Historical Examples of kinematical
This is because the steering of the tricycle depends on a kinematical, that of the Otto on a dynamical principle.
The kinematical discussion begins with the consideration of motion along a continuous line, curved or straight.Lord Kelvin
Obviously the number of such geometrical or kinematical definitions is infinite.
For applications of the hodograph to the solution of kinematical problems see Mechanics.
- (functioning as singular) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or forceCompare dynamics (def. 1)
Word Origin for kinematics
Word Origin and History for kinematical
"science of motion," 1840, from French cinématique (Ampère, 1834), from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite). Related: Kinematic (1864); kinematical.
- 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.