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[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
kinetically, adverb
nonkinetic, adjective


a combining form found on adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -kinesia, or -kinesis:
< Greek kīnēt(ós) (see kineto-) + -ic Unabridged
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  • It is based on the dependence of temperature on the kinetic energy.
  • The appeal here, aside from the much-improved food, is the kinetic atmosphere.
  • This kinetic energy is converted to heat as the fission products slow down.
  • He was still optimistic, but it was a less kinetic, a more thoughtful optimism.
  • Yet their music was elegant as well as kinetic.
  • There is insufficient kinetic energy to break down the crystaline structure.
  • When released, the accumulated potential energy is converted to kinetic energy.
  • If there were no air resistance, he would be going much faster and would have much more kinetic energy.
  • But the book's design and organization feel as wild and kinetic as, well, an over-energized television show.
  • As soon as the ball hits the walkway, it immediately gains kinetic energy.
British Dictionary definitions for kinetic


/kɪˈnɛtɪk; kaɪ-/
relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion
Derived Forms
kinetically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein to move
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Word Origin and History for kinetic

"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 ki·net·ic (kə-nět'ĭk, kī-)
Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

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