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Monday, November 12, 2007


\juh-STIK-yuh-layt\ , intransitive verb;
To make gestures or motions, especially while speaking or instead of speaking.
transitive verb:
To indicate or express by gestures.
In between clearing flooded masks or removing our air supplies, we would gesticulate wildly to point out the giant barracuda hovering nearby, its ugly jaws snapping.
-- Gwyn Topham, "Deep space", The Guardian, November 2, 2002
In conversation, Ferry is friendly and animated, frequently rising to his feet to pace and gesticulate as he talks.
-- Barbara Ellen, "The life of Bryan", The Observer, May 13, 2001
South Africa's attack allowed a miserly two runs per over yesterday, apart from Makhaya Ntini who went for 4 and caused the wicketkeeper Boucher to gesticulate his disapproval.
-- David Hopps, "England's luck changes with order of the boot for Smith", The Guardian, August 16, 2003
Gesticulate is from Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari, "to gesticulate," from gesticulus, diminutive of gestus, "gesture, action."
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