telekinesis

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Etymology[edit]

From tele- +‎ -kinesis.

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  • IPA(key): /ˌtɛləkɪˈniːsɪs/

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telekinesis (countable and uncountable, plural telekineses)

  1. (uncountable) The ability to move objects with the power of one's mind.
    • 1899, Thomson Jay Hudson, The Divine Pedigree of Man, page 154:
      Telekinetic energy, which has been variously designated as psychic force (Sir William Crookes), ectenic force (Professor Thury), and telekinesis (Professor Cowes), is demonstrably a power or faculty of the subjective mind.
    • 1920, Hereward Carrington, The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism, page 367:
      And this brings me to a consideration of how the phenomena of telekinesis may conceivably be produced — granting that the phenomena are ever genuine at all.
    • 1988, Robert Salvatore, The Crystal Shard, page 39:
      'Venison' he declared, mentally lifting the animal through the air toward him without a second thought to the act, though telekinesis was a spell that hadn't been in the considerable repertoire of Morkai the Red.
    • 2000, Fred M. Frohock, Lives of the Psychics: The Shared Worlds of Science and Mysticism‎, page 29:
      She regards telekinesis as impossible and claims for it as generally fraudulent. For two years she worked in a university laboratory testing telekinesis,
    • 2002, Rita Berkowtiz; Deborah S. Romaine, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Communicating with Spirits‎, page 187:
      Perhaps the most famous demonstrations of telekinesis came in the 1970s when a young psychic from Russia named Uri Geller came to prominence for his ability to bend spoons and other metal objects without any physical contact.
    • 2006, Richard Cadena, Automated Lighting, page 434:
      And if voice-activated control isn't enough, we could someday use telekinesis to control lights with our thoughts.
  2. An instance of use of such power.

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