1. motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling;
2. the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals;
[syn: gesture, motion]
3. something done as an indication of intention;
- Example: "a political gesture"
- Example: "a gesture of defiance"
1. show, express or direct through movement;
- Example: "He gestured his desire to leave"
[syn: gesticulate, gesture, motion]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gesture \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.] [1913 Webster] Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture used by many nations. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Humble and reverent gestures. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love. --Milton. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gesture \Ges"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gestured; p. pr. & vb. n. Gesturing.] To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate. [1913 Webster] It is not orderly read, nor gestured as beseemeth. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gesture \Ges"ture\, v. i. To make gestures; to gesticulate. [1913 Webster] The players . . . gestured not undecently withal. --Holland. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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