kinetic energy

noun

Definition of kinetic energy

: energy associated with motion

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What is the kinetic energy of the spacecraft at the end of the rocket burn? Rhett Allain, WIRED, "How Fast Do Spacecraft Travel in The Expanse?," 31 May 2018 But the gifted Met orchestra of today lacks presence, depth of tone, kinetic energy. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Opera as Opera' Review: The Life in a Dead Art Form," 23 Aug. 2018 Upon takeoff, Kendricks is a virtuoso in flight, maximizing the kinetic energy of his 16-foot pole and rocketing skyward toward crossbars nearly four feet above. Brian Pinelli, New York Times, "In Pole Vault, Sam Kendricks Is a Team Player," 4 July 2018 The kinetic energy depends on both the mass and the speed of the faller. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Wild Physics of a Firefighter's Window Catch," 1 June 2018 From kinetic energy suits to Wakandan weapons, Marvel's blockbuster was packed with wonderful visuals. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "Like Black Panther's Suit? These Are the VFX Tricks That Made It Awesome," 15 May 2018 The kinetic energy is vast, if sometimes exhausting. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review: A Sequel With Wings," 5 July 2018 Even the fireworks that opened and closed his set seemed to burst with less kinetic energy than the singer himself. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "At Fenway, Luke Bryan celebrates good times with good people," 7 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 3:51 Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity Advertisement Learn how hydropower captures the kinetic energy of flowing water and turns it into electricity for our homes and businesses. Heather Kennison, idahostatesman, "What's it like to rely on renewable energy? Look at life in Idaho.," 26 June 2018

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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kinetic energy

noun

Medical Definition of kinetic energy

: energy associated with motion

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