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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
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Once in space, the interceptor would release an Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV)—a device that uses kinetic force to destroy missiles outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
Read more: Doug Liman, the film’s director, has shown a rare knack for intelligently packaging A-list personas in kinetic kaleidoscopes.
But other non-kinetic options could include a show of force in the air or on land in the region or increasing the US military presence in the area by deploying more ships or troops.
Rehab focuses on improving scapular stability and movement patters, but also addressing any kinetic chain dysfunctions that may be contributing to the shoulder issue.
This piece is completely different in every way from my previous works, from its construction in metal to its kinetic element of rotating to morph from an abstract to representational piece.
But the kinetic brood serves as a nice counterpoint to the more grounding Erin, who decides to go all in on Jeff’s recuperation.
The Eamses did three versions of the exhibit, which uses kinetic installations, models, timelines, imagery and physical interaction.
This deepened his sense of caution about the risks of kinetic action and helped the world avoid what would have been an even more apocalyptic war.
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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
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