gestural

gesture

[jes-cher]
noun
1.
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.
2.
the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
3.
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.
4.
to make or use a gesture or gestures.
verb (used with object), gestured, gesturing.
5.
to express by a gesture or gestures.

Origin:
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
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gesture (ˈdʒɛstʃə)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  to express by or make gestures; gesticulate
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin gestūra bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere to bear]
 
'gestural
 
adj
 
'gesturer
 
n

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gesture
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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