I need to know if realize is the right word in this sentence:

"Rigid connectors realize the transmission of kinematic motion from the tow bar deformation to the plates."

I want to say that i use "rigid connectors" in a simulation to transfer kinematic motions.

Could I use enable instead?

Thx for any help.

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    Please go to the help center and read about writing a good question. – MetaEd Jun 27 '16 at 19:30
  • That's a bit clumsy even with the right word or phrase. You could say they effect (yes with an E), or allow or enable or permit -- lots of words fit there. Realize isn't one of them. – Jim Mack Jun 27 '16 at 22:44
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    "Rigid connectors transmit kinematic motion from the tow bar deformation to the plates." – Bookeater Jun 27 '16 at 23:54
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    @Bookeater +1 for trimming the verbiage. In the same direction, I'd suggest deleting "kinematic". Kinematic motion seems to be the same thing as motion. – Andreas Blass Jun 28 '16 at 3:51

From Macmillan online dictionary:

Realize [3]: FORMAL to achieve something that you have planned or hoped for

comes close to the technical meaning of realize I am familiar with: to be or provide the mechanism by which something happens. By contrast I would understand "enable" in this context to have the broader meaning of "to facilitate something happening".

So if the "Rigid connectors" pass mechanical movement from point A to point B of themselves I would suggest that "realize" is more precise than "enable".

This usage of "realize" seems to be more common in technical circles than in common parlance. See related question Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”? for further discussion and comments.

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