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[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.
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Origin of kinematics

1830–40; < Greek kīnēmat- (stem of kī́nēma movement; see cinema) + -ics
Related formskin·e·mat·ic, kin·e·mat·i·cal, adjectivekin·e·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of kinematically

  • He was first to recognize that the fixed link of a mechanism was kinematically the same as the movable links.

    Kinematics of Mechanisms from the Time of Watt

    Eugene S. Ferguson

British Dictionary definitions for kinematically


  1. (functioning as singular) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or forceCompare dynamics (def. 1)
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Derived Formskinematic, adjectivekinematically, adverb

Word Origin for kinematics

C19: from Greek kinēma movement; see cinema, -ics
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Word Origin and History for kinematically



"science of motion," 1840, from French cinématique (Ampère, 1834), from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite). Related: Kinematic (1864); kinematical.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

kinematically in Medicine


  1. 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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kinematically in Science


  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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