kinetic energy


Definition of kinetic energy

: energy associated with motion

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Recent Examples on the Web With bullets on the heavier end of the caliber, muzzle velocity suffers, but kinetic energy at all ranges is higher and wind deflection lower, as the ballistic table for a 180-grain Boat Tail Spire Point shows. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 The kinetic energy of the 100 pound missile, combined with the six blades, is enough to kill anyone within range of blades. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA’s Blade-Wielding 'Flying Ginsu' Missile Strikes Again," 10 Dec. 2019 The truth is that anything can happen and probably has happened, but the consensus is that bullet construction and placement matter more than caliber and kinetic energy. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 That kinetic energy packed into his short frame, ready to furiously explode. Washington Post, "The glorious, quiet return of Joe Pesci," 30 Nov. 2019 In the comics, Wakanda houses Earth's largest deposit of vibranium, a metallic ore that can manipulate kinetic energy. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "The USDA added, then removed, Wakanda from its list of free trade partners," 19 Dec. 2019 Brake calipers clamp the disc pads, which are faced with friction material, against the rotor, converting kinetic energy into heat. Brad Bergholdt,, "Shudder likely indicates need for new brake pads and rotors," 3 Dec. 2019 The ram-pump, developed in the late 18th and early 19th century, uses nothing other than the kinetic energy of water to pump some of it, with a lower flow, to a higher point. Nithyanand Rao, Quartz India, "An IISc scientist joins hands with remote Indian tribals to gently harness a river," 23 Oct. 2019 On command, the rods de-orbit and slam into targets at hypersonic speeds, using kinetic energy to do tremendous damage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of kinetic energy

1870, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2020

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“Kinetic energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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