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kinetic

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

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

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Origin of kinetic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM kinetic

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

Definition for kinetic (2 of 2)

-kinetic

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
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British Dictionary definitions for kinetic

kinetic
/ (kɪˈnɛtɪk, kaɪ-) /

adjective

relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion

Derived forms of kinetic

kinetically, adverb

Word Origin for kinetic

C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move
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Medical definitions for kinetic

kinetic
[ kə-nĕtĭk, kī- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
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