Word + Quiz: telekinesis

Word + Quiz: telekinesis

: the power to move something by thinking about it without the application of physical force


The word telekinesis has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 8 in the book review “Stephen King Visits an ‘Institute,’ Where the Kids Who Enter Can’t Escape” by Dwight Garner:

“The Institute” is about a brilliant and sensitive boy named Luke who is kidnapped and taken to a compound in the Maine woods where kids with special talents — telekinesis and telepathy — are imprisoned and put to dark geopolitical uses. The other primary character is named Tim. He’s a former cop, down on his luck, a good man in a blue chambray shirt and jeans who could use a break. Maybe they’ll help each other.