- 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
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- relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion
C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move
Word Origin and History for kinetically
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
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