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kinetic

[ki-net-ik, kahy-]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to motion.
  2. caused by motion.
  3. 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
Related formski·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ki·net·ic, adjective

-kinetic

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

< Greek kīnēt(ós) (see kineto-) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for kinetic

kinetic

adjective
  1. relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion
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Derived Formskinetically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move
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Word Origin and History for kinetic

adj.

"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.

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kinetic in Medicine

kinetic

(kə-nĕtĭk, kī-)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
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