dumb show


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dumb show

n.
1. A part of a play, especially in medieval and Renaissance drama, that is enacted without speaking.
2. Communication or acting by means of expressive gestures; pantomime.

dumb show

n
1. (Theatre) a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama
2. meaningful gestures; mime

dumb′ show`


n.
1. a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama.
2. gestures without speech.
[1555–65]
dumb′-show`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dumb show - a performance using gestures and body movements without wordsdumb show - a performance using gestures and body movements without words
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
panto - an abbreviation of pantomime
References in classic literature ?
Boxtel contented himself with signifying his approval of the zeal of his servant by dumb show.
By these means he in time reached the door, where he gave a great cough to attract the dwarf's attention and gain an opportunity of expressing in dumb show, the closest confidence and most inviolable secrecy.
It seemed to him that in exquisite raiment, and to the delicate sound of flutes, the sins of the world were passing in dumb show before him.
Cadwallader's eyes, diverted from the churchyard, saw a good deal of dumb show which was not so intelligible to her as she could have desired, and could not repress the question, "Who is Mr.
The elders would have sat and talked all the evening, but the young folks were bent on having their usual Christmas frolic; so, after an hour of pleasant chat, they began to get restless, and having consulted together in dumb show, they devised a way to very effectually break up the family council.
Sikes contented himself with tying an imaginary knot under his left ear, and jerking his head over on the right shoulder; a piece of dumb show which the Jew appeared to understand perfectly.
While I complied, he, not comprehending a single word, would stand before the fire surveying me with the air of an Exhibitor, and I would see him, between the fingers of the hand with which I shaded my face, appealing in dumb show to the furniture to take notice of my proficiency.
A ceremony followed, in dumb show, in which it was easy to recognise the pantomime of a marriage.
The priest gazed on the person addressing him with a long and searching gaze -- there even seemed a disposition on his part to court a similar scrutiny on the part of the inn-keeper; then, observing in the countenance of the latter no other expression than extreme surprise at his own want of attention to an inquiry so courteously worded, he deemed it as well to terminate this dumb show, and therefore said, speaking with a strong Italian accent, "You are, I presume, M.
In dumb show I had to order him to stay where he was, to leave my man to me.
While he thought of it in a cold perspiration, and wondered whether it was possible that he could be dreaming, Mr Snevellicci repeated the wink, and drinking to Mrs Lillyvick in dumb show, actually blew her a kiss
This seemed to continue an interminable time, when the audience, tiring of its prank and in order to hear, suddenly stilled its clamor, and discovered the dumb show she had been making.