a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.: the gestures of an orator; a threatening gesture.
the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
any action, courtesy, communication, etc., intended for effect or as a formality; considered expression; demonstration: a gesture of friendship.
verb (used without object), gestured, gesturing.
to make or use a gesture or gestures.
verb (used with object), gestured, gesturing.
to express by a gesture or gestures.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin gestūra mode of action, manner, bearing, equivalent to Latin gest(us) past participle of gerere to bear, carry on, perform + ūra -ure

gestural, adjective
gesturer, noun
ungestural, adjective
ungesturing, adjective Unabridged
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gesture (ˈdʒɛstʃə)
1.  a motion of the hands, head, or body to emphasize an idea or emotion, esp while speaking
2.  something said or done as a formality or as an indication of intention: a political gesture
3.  obsolete the manner in which a person bears himself; posture
4.  to express by or make gestures; gesticulate
[C15: from Medieval Latin gestūra bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere to bear]

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Word Origin & History

c.1410, "manner of carrying the body," from M.L. gestura "bearing, behavior," from L. gestus "gesture, carriage, posture" (see gest). Restricted sense of "a movement of the body or a part of it" is from 1551; fig. sense of "action undertaken in good will to express feeling" is from 1916.
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Example sentences
The policy attached to his gestures may in fact be extensive and effective.
The gestures you make are careful and labored, designed to keep you steady.
He has also developed special gestures to call up menus and perform other
Explain that gestures don't always mean the same thing in different countries.
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