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
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)