- the movement of an organism in response to an external stimulus
- Kinesis, like a taxis, is a movement or activity of a cell or an organism in response to a stimulus (physiology), stimulus. However, unlike taxis, the movement can be in any direction or even random. Its rate—that is, the frequency of turning or reorientation, or of activity—depends on the intensity of the stimulation.
noun uncountable (abstract)
- Sensation or perception of motion.
- (physiology) the perception of the movement of one's own body, its limbs and muscles etc.
- (performing arts) A spectator's perception of the motion of a performer, or, the effect of the motion of a scene on the spectator.
- (see usage note) proprioception or static position sense; the perception of the position and posture of the body; also, more broadly, including the motion of the body as well.