telekinesis

noun
tele·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ˌte-li-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī-\

Definition of telekinesis 

: the production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means

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Other Words from telekinesis

telekinetic \ˌte-​li-​kə-​ˈne-​tik \ adjective
telekinetically \ˌte-​li-​kə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Tele- in Greek means "far off". The eternally appealing idea of moving an object remotely, using only psychic powers, has had a long life in films, TV shows, stories and novels, video games, and comics. But although some researchers believe in the existence of telekinesis (also known as psychokinesis), most scientists believe that any reported experiences have been the result of fraud, wishful thinking, or naturally explainable events.

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Scarlet Witch is perhaps one of the strongest characters in the 'verse, with powers ranging from mind control to telekinesis. Jill Robi, Glamour, "Stan Lee Leaves Behind a Legacy of Powerful Female Characters," 13 Nov. 2018 Of course, the three will have some magical powers of their own, including telekinesis, telepathy, and the ability to stop time. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The CW's "Charmed" Reboot Will Be "Respectful" of the Original," 20 July 2018 One adviser claimed that Erdogan’s enemies were trying to kill him using telekinesis. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 18 May 2018 Mutant abilities — telekinesis, teleportation, fire rays — are straightforward and effectively filmed. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: When It Comes to New Marvel Shows, Skip ‘Inhumans’ and Try ‘The Gifted’," 28 Sep. 2017 There's also a dining table laid with a feast of Eggo waffles hanging ~upside down~ on the ceiling, a mural of mid-telekinesis Eleven, and huge TV screens playing episodes of the show. Andrea Park, CNT, "Stranger Things-Themed Pop-Up Bar Opens in Chicago," 21 Aug. 2017 That area of study that was soon co-opted by MKUltra, a notoriously shady government program that experimented with mind control, astral projection and telekinesis. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Alone on Valentine’s Day? Tango with an isolation tank," 10 Feb. 2017 The laboratory has conducted studies on extrasensory perception and telekinesis from its cramped quarters in the basement of the university’s engineering building since 1979. Randy Dotinga, WIRED, "They Shoulda Seen It Coming: Parapsychology Unit to Close," 12 Feb. 2007

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First Known Use of telekinesis

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telekinesis

New Latin

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telekinesis

noun
tele·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ˌtel-ə-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī- \
plural telekineses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of telekinesis 

: the apparent production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means — compare precognition, psychokinesis

Other Words from telekinesis

telekinetic \-​ˈnet-​ik \ adjective
telekinetically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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