kinetic energy


Definition of kinetic energy

: energy associated with motion

Examples of kinetic energy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this latter sense, looking at a system at absolute zero—one almost completely without kinetic energy—would be close to observing the very beginning of physics. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2022 Racers are dealing with a lot of kinetic energy and strong forces. John Eric Goff, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The Energy Vault is based on the science that most of us learned in Middle School – potential energy versus kinetic energy. James Conca, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Still, this test and those to follow will give Honda and Chevy some early data on IndyCar's jump from 700 horsepower to 800, with the additional 100 hp to come from the hybrid kinetic energy recovery systems to be added at a later date. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2022 When power demand rises, the bricks are lowered, releasing kinetic energy back to the grid. Nell Lewis, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Kevin Hand When placed underwater, turbines can harness kinetic energy from the natural rise and fall of ocean tides to generate electricity. Aylin Woodward And, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 But the trucks feature what are called regenerative brakes, which can convert kinetic energy from braking systems — which normally dissipates as heat — into electrical energy stored in its battery. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Mar. 2022 Riders in the sledding events reach their fast speeds because of the conversion of gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy. John Eric Goff, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kinetic energy

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kinetic energy was in 1870

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18 May 2022

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“Kinetic energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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: energy associated with motion

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