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


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

Origin of kinetic

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

Related forms

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

Definition for kinetic (2 of 2)


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 Forms

kinetically, adverb

Word Origin for kinetic

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


[ kə-nĕtĭk, kī- ]


Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
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