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# kinematics

[kin-uh-mat-iks, kahy-nuh-] /ˌkɪn əˈmæt ɪks, ˌkaɪ nə-/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Physics.
1.
the branch of mechanics that deals with pure motion, without reference to the masses or forces involved in it.
2.
Also called applied kinematics. the theory of mechanical contrivance for converting one kind of motion into another.
Origin of kinematics
1830-1840
1830-40; < Greek kīnēmat- (stem of kī́nēma movement; see cinema) + -ics
Related forms
kinematic, kinematical, adjective
kinematically, adverb
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Historical Examples
• All the calculating machines and integrators considered so far have been kinematic.

• Let us assume the hypothesis that it is possible to photograph a kinematic force in movement.

Willard Huntington Wright
• These combinations of pieces are known individually as kinematic pairs of elements, or briefly kinematic pairs.

• kinematic pairs which have surface contact are classified as lower pairs.

• kinematic pairs in which contact takes place along a line only are classified as higher pairs.

• Then other conditions consequent upon the fact that the link forms part of a kinematic chain operate to enable b to be fixed.

• A kinematic link of the simplest form is made by joining up the halves of two kinematic pairs by means of a rigid link.

• By kinematic synthesis is meant the designing of a linkage to produce a given series of motions for a particular purpose.

Eugene S. Ferguson
British Dictionary definitions for kinematic

## kinematics

/ˌkɪnɪˈmætɪks; ˌkaɪ-/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of the motion of bodies without reference to mass or force Compare dynamics (sense 1)
Derived Forms
kinematic, adjective
kinematically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek kinēma movement; see cinema, -ics
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Word Origin and History for kinematic

## kinematics

n.

"science of motion," 1840, from French cinématique (Ampère, 1834), from Greek kinesis "movement, motion" (see cite). Related: Kinematic (1864); kinematical.

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kinematic in Medicine

kinematics kin·e·mat·ics (kĭn'ə-māt'ĭks)
n.
The branch of mechanics dealing with the study of the motion of a body or a system of bodies without consideration given to its mass or the forces acting on it.

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kinematic in Science
 kinematics   (kĭn'ə-māt'ĭks)    The branch of physics that deals with the characteristics of motion without regard for the effects of forces or mass. Compare dynamics.
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