noun (used with a singular verb) Physics.
the branch of mechanics that deals with the actions of forces in producing or changing the motion of masses.
Origin of kinetics
First recorded in 1860–65;
see origin at kinetic
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Historical Examples of kinetics
The most important conception in kinetics is that of “inertia.”
He wrote to her of kinetics and atoms as if she had been a fellow-student.
Kinetics, ki-net′iks, n. the science which treats of the action of force in producing or changing motion.
Dynamics, or kinetics, which treats of simple motion as an effect of the action of forces.
We follow also the traditional practice of dealing first with statics and then with kinetics.
British Dictionary definitions for kinetics
noun (functioning as singular)
the branch of mechanics, including both dynamics and kinematics, concerned with the study of bodies in motion
the branch of dynamics that excludes the study of bodies at rest
the branch of chemistry concerned with the rates of chemical reactions
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Word Origin and History for kinetics
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The branch of mechanics concerned with the effects of forces on the motion of a body or system of bodies, especially of forces that do not originate within the system itself.dynamics
The branch of chemistry concerned with the rates of change in the concentration of reactants in a chemical reaction.
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