kinetic

adjective ki·net·ic \ kə-ˈne-tik also kī- \

Definition of kinetic

1 :of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and energy associated therewith
2 a :active, lively
b :dynamic, energizing
  • a kinetic performer
3 :of or relating to kinetic art

kinetically

play \kə-ˈne-ti-k(ə-)lē also kī-\ adverb

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Examples of kinetic in a Sentence

  1. the novel's plot is kinetic and fast-paced, and its effect on the reader is much like that of a surfeit of caffeine

  2. the loft district is the locus of the city's kinetic arts scene

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Kinetic comes from the Greek word kinētikos, meaning "of motion, which in turn traces to the verb kinein, meaning "to move." Compared to some other English words that have their roots in Greek, "kinetic" is a relatively young English word; the earliest evidence we have of its use is from 1864. Although it deals with the motion of images rather than material bodies, the word cinema can also be traced back to "kinein." The verb "kinein" is the source of the Greek kinēma, meaning "movement, to which the French referred in the coining of their "cinématographe." "Cinématographe" is the word that gave rise to the English word cinematograph, of which "cinema" is simply a shortened form.

Origin and Etymology of kinetic

Greek kinētikos, from kinētos, from kinein — see -kinesis


KINETIC Defined for English Language Learners

kinetic

adjective

Definition of kinetic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the movement of physical objects


KINETIC Defined for Kids

kinetic

adjective ki·net·ic \ kə-ˈne-tik , kī- \

Definition of kinetic for Students

:relating to the motions of objects and the forces associated with them
  • kinetic energy

Medical Dictionary

kinetic

adjective ki·net·ic \ kə-ˈnet-ik , kī- \

medical Definition of kinetic

:of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and energy associated therewith

kinetically

adverb


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