From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kinematics \Kin`e*mat"ics\, n. [Gr. (?),(?) motion, fr. kinei^n
   to move.] (Physics)
   The science which treats of motions considered in themselves,
   or apart from their causes; the comparison and relation of
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   Note: Kinematics forms properly an introduction to mechanics,
         as involving the mathematical principles which are to
         be applied to its data of forces. --Nichol.
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