Definitions for: Gesture


[n] motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
[n] something done as an indication of intention; "a political gesture"; "a gesture of defiance"
[n] the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
[v] show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ges"ture, n. [LL. gestura mode of action, fr. L.
gerere, gestum, to bear, behave, perform, act. See Gest a
deed.]
1. Manner of carrying the body; position of the body or
limbs; posture. [Obs.]

Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture
used by many nations. --Sir T.
Browne.

2. A motion of the body or limbs expressive of sentiment or
passion; any action or posture intended to express an idea
or a passion, or to enforce or emphasize an argument,
assertion, or opinion.

Humble and reverent gestures. --Hooker.

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, In
every gesture dignity and love. --Milton.


Ges"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gestured; p. pr. & vb.
n. Gesturing.]
To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to
gesticulate.

It is not orderly read, nor gestured as beseemeth.
--Hooker.


Ges"ture, v. i.
To make gestures; to gesticulate.

The players . . . gestured not undecently withal.
--Holland.

Synonyms: gesticulate, motion, motion

See Also: acclaim, applaud, beau geste, beck, beckon, bless, bow, bow, bow down, bowing, clap, communicate, cross oneself, extend, facial expression, facial gesture, flourish, gesticulation, high-five, hold out, indicant, indication, intercommunicate, jab, jabbing, motility, motion, move, movement, mudra, nod, nod, obeisance, poke, poking, previous question, put out, shake, shrug, shrug, sign, sign, sign of the cross, spat, stretch forth, stretch out, thrust, thrusting, V sign, visual communication, wafture, wave, wave, waving, wink

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