kinesis

noun
ki·​ne·​sis | \ kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce kinesis (audio) , kī- \
plural kineses\ kə-​ˈnē-​ˌsēz How to pronounce kinesis (audio) , kī-​ \

Definition of kinesis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a movement that lacks directional orientation and depends upon the intensity of stimulation
plural -kineses

Definition of -kinesis (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : division karyokinesis
2 : production of motion telekinesis

Examples of kinesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, EW.com, 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 Stripes and checks appeared across layered skirts and down Chanel’s dresses in a gentle visual kinesis. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of kinesis

Noun

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinesis

Noun

New Latin, from Greek kinēsis

Noun combining form

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

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The first known use of kinesis was in 1905

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26 Jan 2022

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“Kinesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinesis. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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kinesis

noun
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) \

Medical Definition of kinesis

: a movement that lacks directional orientation and depends upon the intensity of stimulation

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