gesture

gestural, adj.gesturer, n.
/jes"cheuhr/, n., v., gestured, gesturing.
n.
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.
v.i.
4. to make or use a gesture or gestures.
v.t.
5. to express by a gesture or gestures.
[1375-1425; late ME < ML gestura mode of action, manner, bearing, equiv. to L gest(us) ptp. of gerere to bear, carry on, perform + ura -URE]

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Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:
(accompanying oral utterance), , , ,


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