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 Ideally, law enforcement officers aim kinetics at arms and legs to avoid major internal damage, unlike in lethal-weapon situations in which officers are taught to aim for the center of a person's body. Anchorage Daily News, "A guide to the less-lethal weapons that law enforcement uses against protesters," 7 June 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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25 Jun 2020

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“Kinetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinetics. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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kinetics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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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