telekinesis

[ tel-i-ki-nee-sis, -kahy- ]
/ ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ- /
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noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for telekinesis

telekinesis

/ (ˌtɛlɪkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for telekinesis

telekinesis


n.

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.

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