[ kin-uh s-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh, kahy-nuh s- ]
/ ˌkɪn əsˈθi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə, ˌkaɪ nəs- /


the sensation of movement or strain in muscles, tendons, and joints; muscle sense.

Nearby words

  1. kinesics,
  2. kinesiology,
  3. kinesioneurosis,
  4. kinesis,
  5. kinesitherapy,
  6. kinesthesiometer,
  7. kinesthetic,
  8. kinesthetic sense,
  9. kinesthetics,
  10. kinetheodolite

Also kinaesthesia, kin·es·the·sis.

Origin of kinesthesia

1875–80; < Greek kīn(eîn) to move, set in motion + esthesia

Related formskin·es·thet·ic [kin-uh s-thet-ik] /ˌkɪn əsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kinesthetic

  • The passiveness of the body precludes any important contribution of stimuli from kinesthetic sources.

  • The remaining senses, the cutaneous, the kinesthetic and the visual, afford much fuller data for the perception of spatial facts.

    Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
  • Another individual might have had kinesthetic images instead of either visual or auditory.

    Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth

British Dictionary definitions for kinesthetic



/ (ˌkɪnɪsˈθiːzɪə, ˌkaɪn-) /


the usual US spelling of kinaesthesia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kinesthetic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for kinesthetic


[ kĭn′ĭs-thēzhə, kī′nĭs- ]


The sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
The sensation of moving in space.
Related formskin′es•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.

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