kinetic energy


Definition of kinetic energy

: energy associated with motion

Examples of kinetic energy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kinetic energy transferred by the asteroid to the rock, soil, and air jiggles the molecules to temperatures that exceed the surface of the sun. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Survive a Killer Asteroid," 9 Apr. 2021 VelociCoaster has 'another level of thrill' With its prominent location overlooking the lagoon, the coaster brings a lot of kinetic energy to the park. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "'Ultimate thrill coaster': Universal Orlando will release the dinosaurs in its Jurassic World VelociCoaster," 6 Apr. 2021 When the balloon hits the floor and stops, that kinetic energy has to go somewhere. Exploratorium, Scientific American, "You Make It Happen with Ken Finn," 22 May 2014 Pedaling felt like a celebration of kinetic energy, of blood, cartilage and bone. New York Times, "The Joys of Biking at Night," 23 Mar. 2021 In the Homework era, Daft Punk used advancing tech and up-and-coming audiovisual artists to execute its vision of carrying the power and kinetic energy of the rave scene out to a worldwide audience. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Daft Punk Gave Us More Than Enough Time," 24 Feb. 2021 The kinetic energy goes into squashing the balloon flat. Exploratorium, Scientific American, "You Make It Happen with Ken Finn," 22 May 2014 Another hat-tipper is the all-new Lever Cam, which was specifically engineered to allow shooters to push kinetic energy and momentum to new levels. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Compound Bows for 2021," 7 Jan. 2021 That kind of kinetic energy is hard to stop, experts fear. Sara Sidner And Mallory Simon, CNN, "Heading 'into a buzzsaw': Why extremism experts fear the Capitol attack is just the beginning," 16 Jan. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Kinetic energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of kinetic energy

: energy associated with motion

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