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plural nounusually treated as singular
1The branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of objects without reference to the forces which cause the motion.
- ‘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.’
- 1.1usually treated as plural The features or properties of motion in an object.
- ‘At any speed, a combination of kinematics generating thrust in excess of drag will permit a bird to accelerate.’
- ‘Locomotor kinematics in mackerel are similar to tuna and mackerel swim steadily at speeds of 1-2 body lengths per second in the field.’
- ‘A rowing fin that oscillates about its root requires slightly different kinematics from the simple heaving and pitching plate.’
- ‘Steady swimming behavior was first studied via video analysis of basic kinematics in steadily swimming rainbow trout.’
- ‘Acanthophis slightly modified the typical elapid morphology which allowed it to approach but not achieve viper-like kinematics.’
Mid 19th century from Greek kinēma, kinēmat- ‘motion’ (from kinein ‘to move’) + -ics.
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