from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of nonlinguistic bodily movements, such as gestures and facial expressions, as a systematic mode of communication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Non-verbal communication by means of gestures, and/or other body movement.


From Greek kīnēsis, movement; see kinesis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The term kinesics caught on among the linguists of the time, but in the 1960s, the kineme went the way of the phoneme.

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  • One of Dances favorite quotes came from a man who predated the coining of the term kinesics by a hundred years: Charles Darwin, who said, Repressed emotion almost always comes to the surface in some form of body motion.

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  • The ability to read and interpret body language is known as kinesics.

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  • The study of body language is called kinesics (kin EE sicks).


  • The case lands on the desk of Kathryn Dance, the California Bureau of Investigation's foremost kinesics - body language-expert.

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  • In an electrifying psychological jousting match, Dance calls up all her skills as an interrogator and kinesics -- body language -- expert to get to the truth behind Daniel Pell.

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  • When Special Agent Kathryn Dance -- a brilliant interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation -- is sent to question the convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue.

    The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver: Book summary

  • She was a kinesics expert—body language—and one of the top interrogators in the country.

    The Burning Wire

  • She was trying to remain motionless, but that, as a kinesics expert, she knew was impossible.

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  • As they stood surveying the hotel, with its distant glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, Dance, an expert at kinesics, body language, tried to read ONeil.

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