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ki·​ne·​sis kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce kinesis (audio)
plural kineses kə-ˈnē-ˌsēz How to pronounce kinesis (audio)
: a movement that lacks directional orientation and depends upon the intensity of stimulation


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noun combining form

plural -kineses
: division
: production of motion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Located in the new Heimat social and fitness club complex in Hollywood, Mother Tongue is a floor below a co-working space and a private dining area and above multiple floors of a fitness club and spa where beautiful people run, jump, spin, squat and pull on kinesis machines. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 There’s pilates, yoga, kinesis, spin and boxing classes, as well as a spa that offers everything from Swedish massages to hydrafacials and pedicures. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 5 July 2022 Miuccia Prada's quirkier little sister — Miu Miu — was in a typical mood of contrasts this season, revved up with accessories to create a visual kinesis in a rare co-ed show. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 Despite the unwieldy narrative complications, Hosoda achieves an adroit, ultimately instructive balance of kinesis and stillness. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 There is a set of five characteristics of an app or platform that bring the world’s best organizations closer to their customers: connection (C), learning (L), immersion (I), collaboration (C) and kinesis (K). Forbes, 10 May 2021 His hips follow suit, and soon his whole body is in one smooth kinesis. David Aloi, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2020 Armed with psycho-kinesis, use your abilities to fight an array of techno-flowery creatures across the futuristic city of New Himuka. Nick Romano,, 7 May 2020 Stripes and checks appeared across layered skirts and down Chanel’s dresses in a gentle visual kinesis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History



New Latin, from Greek kinēsis

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Greek kinēsis, from kinein to move; akin to Latin ciēre to move

First Known Use


1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinesis was in 1905

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Cite this Entry

“Kinesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


ki·​ne·​sis kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce kinesis (audio) kī- How to pronounce kinesis (audio)
plural kineses -ˌsēz How to pronounce kinesis (audio)
: a movement that lacks directional orientation and depends upon the intensity of stimulation

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