Definition of Gesture

1. Noun. Motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling.

Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Jab, Jabbing, Poke, Poking, Thrust, Thrusting, Mudra
Derivative terms: Gesticulate

2. Verb. Show, express or direct through movement. "He gestured his desire to leave"

3. Noun. The use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals.

4. Noun. Something done as an indication of intention. "A gesture of defiance"
Specialized synonyms: Beau Geste
Generic synonyms: Indicant, Indication

Definition of Gesture

1. n. Manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture.

2. v. t. To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate.

3. v. i. To make gestures; to gesticulate.

Definition of Gesture

1. Noun. A motion of the limbs or body, especially one made to emphasize speech. ¹

2. Noun. An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of attitude. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To make a gesture or gestures. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To express something by a gesture or gestures. ¹

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Definition of Gesture

1. to express by bodily motion [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES]

Medical Definition of Gesture

1. 1. Any movement expressive of an idea, opinion, or emotion. 2. An act. Origin: L. Gestus, movement, gesture Suicide gesture, an apparent attempt at suicide by someone wishing to attract attention, gain sympathy, or achieve some goal other than self-destruction. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Gesture

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"If you do love Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture cries it out, ... These words may have the same meaning, but gesture is more common to represent ..."

2. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"gesture, or gesture language as it is called, is thus seen to be not merely ... gesture is a social form of behavior involving attention to persons as well ..."

3. Rhythm, Music and Education by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1921)
"THE CROWD Passion-plays in Switzerland throughout the ages—Open- air festivals—The role of the crowd in music drama—The laws of collective gesture—Relations ..."

4. Anthropology: An Introduction to the Study of Man and Civilization by Edward Burnett Tylor (1904)
"Sign-making, — gesture-language, — Sound-gestures, 95 — Natural Language, — Utterances of ... This is the gesture-language as we all know how to use it. ..."

5. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1809)
"gesture used fot the mere display of the person, without reference to ... The gesture of a serious dancer in upas teul, blr its vanity and affectation, ..."

6. The Essentials of æsthetics in Music, Poetry, Painting, Sculpture and by George Lansing Raymond (1921)
"... gesture—Opening gesture— Movements of Arms—gestures Inward and Outward—Dramatic gestures—General Actuating Motives Represented in the gestures—Analogous ..."

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