[ ki-nee-sis, kahy- ]

  1. the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, as light.

Origin of kinesis

1900–05; <Greek kī́nēsis movement, equivalent to kīnē-, verbid stem of kīneîn to move + -sis-sis

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Other definitions for -kinesis (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form with the general sense “movement, activity,” used in the formation of compound words, often with the particular senses “reaction to a stimulus” (photokinesis), “movement without an apparent physical cause” (telekinesis), “activity within a cell” (karyokinesis).

Origin of -kinesis

<Greek -kīnēsis;see kinesis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kinesis in a sentence

  • What figurations, what formulas, could describe the inexhaustible kinesis of those years?

    The Svengali of Pop Art | Annie Cohen-Solal | May 13, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Joyce says something of the sort very differently, he is full of technical scholastic terms: "stasis, kinesis," etc.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • And the old word kinesis will be correctly given as iesis in corresponding modern letters.

    Cratylus | Plato

British Dictionary definitions for kinesis


/ (kɪˈniːsɪs, kaɪ-) /

  1. biology the nondirectional movement of an organism or cell in response to a stimulus, the rate of movement being dependent on the strength of the stimulus

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