[ ki-net-ik, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, kaɪ- /


pertaining to motion.
caused by motion.
characterized by movement: Running and dancing are kinetic activities.

Nearby words

  1. kinesthesiometer,
  2. kinesthetic,
  3. kinesthetic sense,
  4. kinesthetics,
  5. kinetheodolite,
  6. kinetic art,
  7. kinetic energy,
  8. kinetic friction,
  9. kinetic potential,
  10. kinetic theory

Origin of kinetic

1850–55; < Greek kīnētikós moving, equivalent to kīnē- (verbid stem of kīneîn to move) + -tikos -tic

Related formski·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ki·net·ic, adjective


a combining form found on adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -kinesia or -kinesis: bradykinetic.

Origin of -kinetic

< Greek kīnēt(ós) (see kineto-) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kinetic


/ (kɪˈnɛtɪk, kaɪ-) /


relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion
Derived Formskinetically, adverb

Word Origin for kinetic

C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move

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Word Origin and History for kinetic


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Medicine definitions for kinetic


[ kə-nĕtĭk, kī- ]


Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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