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gesture

[jes-cher] /ˈdʒɛs tʃər/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
gestural, adjective
gesturer, noun
ungestural, adjective
ungesturing, adjective
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Examples from the web for gesture
  • Both their verbal and their gesture-based communication is poor, and they often have low intelligence.
  • The researchers monitored noise levels and hand gestures.
  • Even a casual gesture like that required too much from me.
  • Inside and out, the building is a spectacular public gesture of cultural homage.
  • Talk with your hands; Show the size of objects, point to things, gesture to show importance.
  • She moved again, a gesture of discomfort, even fear.
  • It is very friendly gesture.
  • If your friend scratches her eyebrow or crosses her arms, studies suggest, odds are you'll unthinkingly mimic the gesture.
  • He held out his hands and smiled in some sort of greeting, and the Indian leader responded with a similar gesture.
  • What a lovely gesture.
British Dictionary definitions for gesture

gesture

/ˈdʒɛstʃə/
noun
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
verb
4.
to express by or make gestures; gesticulate
Derived Forms
gestural, adjective
gesturer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin gestūra bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere to bear
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Word Origin and History for gesture
n.

early 15c., "manner of carrying the body," from Medieval Latin gestura "bearing, behavior," from Latin gestus "gesture, carriage, posture" (see gest). Restricted sense of "a movement of the body or a part of it" is from 1550s; figurative sense of "action undertaken in good will to express feeling" is from 1916.

v.

1540s, from gesture (n.). Related: Gestured; gesturing.

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