Definitions

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

  • n. The branch of mechanics that studies the motion of a body or a system of bodies without consideration given to its mass or the forces acting on it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of mechanics concerned with objects in motion, but not with the forces involved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science which treats of motions considered in themselves, or apart from their causes; the comparison and relation of motions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of the science of mechanics which treats of motion, its direction, velocity, acceleration, composition, etc., without reference to mass or to constraints: opposed to dynamics.
  • n. The theory of mechanical contrivances for converting one kind of motion into another, as for example for making a piston-rod with a reciprocating motion communicate to a wheel a uniform rotation. Also called applied kinematics.

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

  • n. the branch of mechanics concerned with motion without reference to force or mass

Etymologies

From Greek kīnēma, kīnēmat-, motion, from kīnein, to move; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κίνημα (kínēma, "motion") +‎ -ics. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They then made complex comparisons of the characteristics of movement, known as kinematics, between dogs with different limbs missing and also with the 'normal' movement of four-legged dogs.

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  • They then made complex comparisons of the characteristics of movement, known as kinematics, between dogs with different limbs missing and also with the "normal" movement of four-legged dogs.

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  • 56 ALBERT EINSTEIN logical reconciliation by making a change in kinematics, that is to say, in the doctrine of the physical laws of space and time.

    Out Of My Later Years

  • But even less recognized is the theoretical system of machine design notation known as "kinematics" that paved the way for complex machines.

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  • This car's kinematics are more unsorted than my sock drawer.

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  • This issue was recently addressed by David Viano and colleagues, who work at ProBiomechanics LLC, a Michigan firm specializing in occupant kinematics and injury causation, published last month in Traffic Injury Prevention.

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  • Mr. Dennis sees McLaren as "technology flying doctor" service, offering bespoke solutions to companies with urgent problems in complex areas such as electronics, pneumatics, fluid dynamics, kinematics and material sciences.

    McLaren's New Formula

  • "The researchers point out that the computer evolves these laws without any prior knowledge of physics, kinematics or geometry."

    Crunching Out Natural Laws?

  • Yellowstone hotspot and mantle plume: Seismic and GPS imaging, kinematics, and mantle flow, J. Volcanol.

    Scientific Articles on Yellowstone

  • If you thought Hipparcos satellite which was also ESA of 1991 was good, this one will provide the dynamical knowledge of our part of the Milky Way, and the information of the kinematics of the whole galaxy!

    Obama to Unveil "Ambitous" Plan for NASA | Universe Today

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