- pertaining to motion.
- caused by motion.
- characterized by movement: Running and dancing are kinetic activities.
Origin of kinetic
- a combining form found on adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -kinesia or -kinesis: bradykinetic.
Origin of -kinetic
Examples from the Web for kinetic
What looks like filthy chaos at the moment is actually the kinetic energy that gives birth to modern metropolises.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
There was a kinetic energy, a vibrancy that leapt off the screen that did, indeed, dazzle.‘American Hustle’ Is Overrated
January 28, 2014
Later, in 1996, Perry turned a quick $38,000 profit thanks to a fortuitously timed investment in Kinetic Concepts stock.Perry’s Controversial Money Man
September 7, 2011
It is an impressive film: crisp, beautiful, kinetic, with humor as dark as its lighting.The Social Network's Female Props
Rebecca Davis O'Brien
October 3, 2010
The kinetic theory of gas is an assertion of ultimate chaos.
Kinetic atoms led only to motion; never to direction or progress.
Do you mean that that little thing is converting heat to kinetic energy?The Big Bounce
Walter S. Tevis
As the most vital fact of modern life it is a kinetic force.Socialism: Positive and Negative
Robert Rives La Monte
I still remember that the spinning of a top is a case of Kinetic Stability.
- relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion
Word Origin and History for kinetic
"relating to motion," 1841, from Greek kinetikos "moving, putting in motion," from kinetos "moved," verbal adjective of kinein "to move" (see cite).
Buster Keaton's subject was kinetic man, a being he approached with the almost metaphysical awe we reserve for a Doppelgänger. This being was, eerily, himself, played by himself, then later in a projection room, watched by himself: an experience never possible to any generation of actors in the previous history of the world. [Hugh Kenner, "The Counterfeiters," 1968]
Related: Kinetical; kinetically.
- Of, relating to, or produced by motion.