kinematics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
ki·​ne·​mat·​ics | \ ˌki-nə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce kinematics (audio) also ˌkī- How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \

Definition of kinematics

: a branch of dynamics that deals with aspects of motion apart from considerations of mass and force

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Other Words from kinematics

kinematic \ ˌki-​nə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce kinematics (audio) also  ˌkī-​ How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \ or kinematical \ ˌki-​nə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce kinematics (audio) also  ˌkī-​ \ adjective
kinematically \ ˌki-​nə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce kinematics (audio) also  ˌkī-​ How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \ adverb

Examples of kinematics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers also studied the lift off and landing of A. ipsilon in addition to their wingbeats and other kinematics. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Robot Camera Can Capture the Erratic Flight of Insects," 16 June 2020 And that brings us to Socha's latest flying snake research, which employs motion capture to look a bit more closely at the precise kinematics of aerial undulation and its effect on glide performance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Undulating their bodies keeps flying snakes from tumbling out of control," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of kinematics

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinematics

French cinématique, from Greek kinēmat-, kinēma motion, from kinein to move

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The first known use of kinematics was in 1840

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“Kinematics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinematics. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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kinematics

noun plural but singular in construction
ki·​ne·​mat·​ics | \ ˌkin-ə-ˈmat-iks How to pronounce kinematics (audio) , ˌkī-nə- How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \
variants: also cinematics \ ˌsin-​ə-​ How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \

Medical Definition of kinematics

1 : a branch of physics that deals with aspects of motion apart from considerations of mass and force
2 : the properties and phenomena of an object or system in motion of interest to kinematics the kinematics of the human ankle joint

Other Words from kinematics

kinematic \ -​ik How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \ or kinematical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \ adjective
kinematically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce kinematics (audio) \ adverb

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