[tel-i-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-]


Origin of telekinesis

First recorded in 1885–90; tele-1 + -kinesis
Related formstel·e·ki·net·ic [tel-i-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for telekinesis

Contemporary Examples of telekinesis

  • Skip Father John Misty, and See ... Without a doubt Telekinesis, the Seattle-based indie-rock band with a drummer on lead vocals.

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    10 Great Bands You’ve Never Heard

    Winston Ross

    May 26, 2013

  • If the nails didn't convince the non-believer, perhaps the chilling voices and telekinesis will do the trick.

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    8 Exorcism Movie Dos and Don’ts

    Sujay Kumar, The Daily Beast Video

    August 27, 2010

Historical Examples of telekinesis

  • Why not, if they were experimenting successfully with telekinesis?

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • Hallucinations don't respond to telekinesis—there's nothing there to lift.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The telekinesis group all worked together to build a small table.


    William Gerken

  • One group was lifting pencils and gently returning them to desks by telekinesis.


    William Gerken

  • Look, professor—this telekinesis stuff—is all that on the level?

    The Draw

    Jerome Bixby

British Dictionary definitions for telekinesis



the movement of a body caused by thought or willpower without the application of a physical force
the ability to cause such movement
Derived Formstelekinetic (ˌtɛlɪkɪˈnɛtɪk, -kaɪ-), adjective
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 telekinesis

1890, said to have been coined by Alexander N. Aksakof (1832-1903) Imperial Councilor to the Czar, in Modern Latin, literally "motion at a distance," from tele- + Greek kinesis "movement, motion," from PIE root *kei- "to move to and fro" (see cite). Translates German Fernwirkung.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper