Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
  • adj. Relating to or exhibiting kinesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to motion
  • adj. Of or relating to kinesis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving or causing motion; motory; active, as opposed to latent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing motion; motory.
  • Pertaining to or consisting in motion: as, kinetic energy (energy in the form of motion).
  • n. Same as kinetics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by motion
  • adj. relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith
  • adj. supplying motive force

Etymologies

Greek kīnētikos, from kīnētos, moving, from kīnein, to move; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κινητικός (kinētikos, "one who puts in motion"), from κινέω (kineō, "I move, put in motion") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The military, as we know from classified military documents put on the Internet by WikiLeaks last month, prefers the term kinetic strike.

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  • Those Iraqi police have then been able to, as the troops have gone on what they describe as kinetic missions to root out al Qaeda.

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  • All Replies from BeardogRed wrote 6 weeks 2 days ago small difference in kinetic energy.

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  • And Abrams seems to me to bring a certain kinetic energy to the whole Star Trek Universe -- a revitalization, or re-energizing of the theme.

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  • It is a linear epistemology; and those with the most faith in kinetic force tend to be those who overlook complexity and confluential processes, preferring to eliminate complexity by obliterating whatever does not hold to their line of sight.

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  • Cruz-Diez is known as a kinetic artist because motion is involved in his works.

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  • Boys are supposed to like sports, rasslin ', "kinetic activities."

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  • At 24 Lies a Second, Robert C Cumbow writes that David Lynch's emphasis on the static over the kinetic is not so remarkable in an artist who, after all, began his career in - and remains committed to - the compositional rigors of painting, collage, and sculpture.

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  • Please tell me the writers were smart enough to realize the difference, and they didn't just see the word kinetic in the comic and thought "hey the word kinetic is in telekinetic, duh they must be one and the same."

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  • We find it a bit hard to agree on either - unless emotional means disturbing and kinetic translates to a shape that was conceived by inserting a large vacuum-cleaner behind a Fiesta hatch.

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