Definition of kinetic in English:


Syllabification: ki·net·ic
Pronunciation: /kəˈnetik


  • 1Of, relating to, or resulting from motion.
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    • We consider it far more likely that kinematic and kinetic aspects of forelimb motion coevolved.
    • For Wight, nature's timelessness transcends kinetic motion and the realm of the ticking clock.
    • However, the cybernetic approach requires kinetic information for all the reactions in the network.
  • 1.1(Of a work of art) depending on movement for its effect.
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    • The effect of these works is kinetic and compares to cells in film or frames in comic strips.
    • The kinetic works stole the show, inducting the viewer into a realm beyond our normal experiences of space and time.
    • The tubes may be combined with supplemental materials; some works are kinetic.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • Each of these phases originates from one primary step in the cross-bridge cycle that is linked by different degrees (i.e., steady-state or kinetically coupled) to upstream and downstream steps in the cycle.
  • Recent studies of molecular evolution in defined subregions of the myosin head have revealed unexpected sequence similarity in distantly related but kinetically similar myosins, suggesting a process of convergent evolution.
  • Inside, we find shambling, carefully sculpted poetics that take full advantage of their capacity to surprise and startle: no two pages look the same; the text kinetically rambles over the available surface area.


mid 19th century: from Greek kinētikos, from kinein 'to move'.

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