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Monday, November 12, 2007

gesticulate

\juh-STIK-yuh-layt\ , intransitive verb;
1.
To make gestures or motions, especially while speaking or instead of speaking.
transitive verb:
1.
To indicate or express by gestures.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Gesticulate is from Latin gesticulatus, past participle of gesticulari, "to gesticulate," from gesticulus, diminutive of gestus, "gesture, action."
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