kinetic was our Word of the Day on 08/06/2013. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
The play, now getting a very kinetic staging at Ion Theatre in Hillcrest, revolves around its own sometimes odd combination of political thriller and almost slapstick-y humor.
Walking to class, students sign in rapid-fire bursts of kinetic language.
Channel kinetic energy through this kind of talent and every possession reveals options upon options upon options.
Some showstoppers include a huge, pagoda-wearing wolf by the creative collective Electric Coffin, Casey Curran’s exquisitely odd kinetic sculptures, and Dylan Neuwirth’s neon installations that are perfectly placed to activate their spaces.
An armor capable of shrugging off kinetic energy and shaped charge (high explosive, anti-tank) rounds would allow the new tank to shrug of main gun rounds, anti-tank missiles, and infantry anti-tank weapons.
And electromagnetic kinetic weapons (railguns) with muzzle velocities of 5,000 miles per hour, twice as fast as the muzzle velocity of a high-caliber bullet.
Included was kinetic sand--sand that sticks to itself and keeps it shape.
Laird’s kinetic prose, full of insight about politics, history and religion, dazzles eye and ear, and his tale summons a dark roil of violence and trauma.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kinetic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
Synonymsactive, airy, animate, animated, bouncing, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, lively, mettlesome, peppy, perky, pert, pizzazzy (or pizazzy), racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy
Antonymsdead, inactive, inanimate, lackadaisical, languid, languishing, languorous, leaden, lifeless, limp, listless, spiritless, vapid
Related Wordsdapper, dashing, spiffy; agog, alert, awake, open-eyed, up, wide-awake; agile, nimble, spry; bright, buoyant, cheerful, chipper, chirpy, chirrupy, effervescent, sparkly, upbeat; eager, enthusiastic, keen; frolicsome, impish, pixieish, playful; boisterous, bubbly, ebullient, exuberant, high-spirited; high-strung, nervous, skittish
Near Antonymsindolent, lazy, unambitious; inert, lethargic, sleepy, sluggish, tired, torpid, weary; apathetic, impassive, phlegmatic, stolid; boring, dull, irksome, tedious
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
Definition of kinetic for Students
- kinetic energy
medical Definition of kinetic
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up kinetic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).