"relating to muscular motion," 1841, from Greek kinētikos "moving, putting in motion," from kinētos "moved," verbal adjective of kinein "to move" (from PIE root *keie- "to set in motion").
Buster Keaton's subject was kinetic man, a being he approached with the almost metaphysical awe we reserve for a Doppelgänger. This being was, eerily, himself, played by himself, then later in a projection room, watched by himself: an experience never possible to any generation of actors in the previous history of the world. [Hugh Kenner, "The Counterfeiters," 1968]
From 1855 as "causing motion." Related: Kinetical; kinetically.
updated on December 14, 2022