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Examples of kinetic in a Sentence
the novel's plot is kinetic and fast-paced, and its effect on the reader is much like that of a surfeit of caffeine
the loft district is the locus of the city's kinetic arts scene
Recent Examples of kinetic from the Web
Never forget Lynn Nottage’s lyrical, kinetic daisy chain, an exploration of the international ivory trade.
Judith Leyster Judith Leyster’s paintings were perpetually kinetic, illustrating scenes of one or two figures in joyous situations or capturing the energy of kids at play.
The kinetic chain of mistakes went from the pitcher to the catcher to the second baseman.
In short-warning scenarios, kinetic impactors like DART would not be enough.
Given enough warning, less complicated options like a kinetic impactor might be preferable.
Joining the party are comparably kinetic groups like Eroders and Paper Thin with interludes from DJ Ricky Rat.
The role requires a lot of physicality on the part of Jeffrey, who wears a bulky, kinetic costume.
This Canadian band makes art rock for former latch-key kids and is known for its kinetic live show.
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Did You Know?
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.
active, airy, animate, animated, bouncing, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, lively, mettlesome, peppy, perky, pert, racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy;
on the go;
KINETIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kinetic for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the movement of physical objects
KINETIC Defined for Kids
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