1[usually treated as singular] The branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of objects without reference to the forces that cause the motion.Compare with dynamics
- ‘Again I want to note that because photons are massless, Newtonian kinematics and ‘force’ do us absolutely no good here.’
- ‘In 1903 he published Geometrie der Dynamen which considered euclidean kinematics and the mechanics of rigid bodies.’
- ‘Drosophila melanogaster has been a valuable model system for the analysis of flight kinematics, aerodynamics and mechanics.’
- ‘The software includes sample analysis, related movies, and activity guides for topics such as kinematics and dynamics.’
- ‘However when I learned calculus a whole new appreciation for kinematics blossomed.’
- 1.1[usually treated as plural]The features or properties of motion in an object.
- ‘Steady swimming behavior was first studied via video analysis of basic kinematics in steadily swimming rainbow trout.’
- ‘At any speed, a combination of kinematics generating thrust in excess of drag will permit a bird to accelerate.’
- ‘A rowing fin that oscillates about its root requires slightly different kinematics from the simple heaving and pitching plate.’
- ‘Acanthophis slightly modified the typical elapid morphology which allowed it to approach but not achieve viper-like kinematics.’
- ‘Locomotor kinematics in mackerel are similar to tuna and mackerel swim steadily at speeds of 1-2 body lengths per second in the field.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kinēma, kinēmat- motion (from kinein to move) + -ics.