ki·​net·​ics | \ kə-ˈne-tiks How to pronounce kinetics (audio) also kī- \

Definition of kinetics

1a : a branch of science that deals with the effects of forces upon the motions of material bodies or with changes in a physical or chemical system
b : the rate of change in such a system
2 : the mechanism by which a physical or chemical change is effected

Examples of kinetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The scale and the kinetics of distribution required in the midst of a pandemic are a challenge, in and of itself. The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of kinetics

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of kinetics was circa 1859

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18 May 2021

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“Kinetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinetics. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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ki·​net·​ics | \ kə-ˈnet-iks, kī- How to pronounce kinetics (audio) \

Medical Definition of kinetics

1a : a branch of science that deals with the effects of forces upon the motions of material bodies or with changes in a physical or chemical system
b : the rate of change in such a system
2 : the mechanism by which a physical or chemical change is effected

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