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ges·ture

 (jĕs′chər)
n.
1.
a. A motion of the limbs or body made to express or help express thought or to emphasize speech.
b. The action of making such a motion or motions: communicated solely by gesture.
2. An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of intention or attitude: sent flowers as a gesture of sympathy.
v. ges·tured, ges·tur·ing, ges·tures
v.intr.
To make gestures.
v.tr.
To show, express, or direct by gestures: gestured her disapproval.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin gestūra, bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere, to carry, carry on, act.]

ges′tur·al adj.
ges′tur·al·ly adv.
ges′tur·er n.
Synonyms: gesture, gesticulation, sign, signal
These nouns denote an expressive, meaningful bodily motion: a gesture of approval; frantic gesticulations to get help; made a sign for silence; gave the signal to advance.

gesture

(ˈdʒɛstʃə)
n
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
vb
to express by or make gestures; gesticulate
[C15: from Medieval Latin gestūra bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere to bear]
ˈgestural adj
ˈgesturer n

ges•ture

(ˈdʒɛs tʃər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.: a threatening gesture.
2. the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
3. any action, 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 Middle English < Medieval Latin gestūra mode of action, manner, bearing = Latin gest(us), past participle of gerere to bear, carry on, perform + -ūra -ure]
ges′tur•al, adj.
ges′tur•er, n.

Gesture


1. the science of gesture.
2. the art of conducting singers of Gregorian chant through hand gestures to mark the rise or fall of the melody. — chironomic, cheironomic, adj.
the science of manual sign language, as for use in communicating with the deaf. — dactylotogist, n.dactylologic, dactylological, adj.
Linguistics. the study of units of gestural expression.
Linguistics. a systematic study of nonverbal body gestures, as smiles, hand motions, or other movements, in their relation to human communication; body language. Also called pasimology.kinesic, adj.
kinesics.
the study of the signs that reveal human passions. — pathognomonic, adj.

gesture


Past participle: gestured
Gerund: gesturing

Imperative
gesture
gesture
Present
I gesture
you gesture
he/she/it gestures
we gesture
you gesture
they gesture
Preterite
I gestured
you gestured
he/she/it gestured
we gestured
you gestured
they gestured
Present Continuous
I am gesturing
you are gesturing
he/she/it is gesturing
we are gesturing
you are gesturing
they are gesturing
Present Perfect
I have gestured
you have gestured
he/she/it has gestured
we have gestured
you have gestured
they have gestured
Past Continuous
I was gesturing
you were gesturing
he/she/it was gesturing
we were gesturing
you were gesturing
they were gesturing
Past Perfect
I had gestured
you had gestured
he/she/it had gestured
we had gestured
you had gestured
they had gestured
Future
I will gesture
you will gesture
he/she/it will gesture
we will gesture
you will gesture
they will gesture
Future Perfect
I will have gestured
you will have gestured
he/she/it will have gestured
we will have gestured
you will have gestured
they will have gestured
Future Continuous
I will be gesturing
you will be gesturing
he/she/it will be gesturing
we will be gesturing
you will be gesturing
they will be gesturing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gesturing
you have been gesturing
he/she/it has been gesturing
we have been gesturing
you have been gesturing
they have been gesturing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gesturing
you will have been gesturing
he/she/it will have been gesturing
we will have been gesturing
you will have been gesturing
they will have been gesturing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gesturing
you had been gesturing
he/she/it had been gesturing
we had been gesturing
you had been gesturing
they had been gesturing
Conditional
I would gesture
you would gesture
he/she/it would gesture
we would gesture
you would gesture
they would gesture
Past Conditional
I would have gestured
you would have gestured
he/she/it would have gestured
we would have gestured
you would have gestured
they would have gestured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gesture - motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feelinggesture - motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
jab, jabbing, poking, thrusting, poke, thrust - a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"
mudra - ritual hand movement in Hindu religious dancing
2.gesture - the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
visual communication - communication that relies on vision
sign - a gesture that is part of a sign language
gesticulation - a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
beck - a beckoning gesture
facial expression, facial gesture - a gesture executed with the facial muscles
flourish - a showy gesture; "she entered with a great flourish"
high-five - a gesture of greeting or elation; one person's upraised palm slaps the upraised palm of another person
previous question - a motion calling for an immediate vote on the main question under discussion by a deliberative assembly
shrug - a gesture involving the shoulders
wafture, waving, wave - the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
V sign - a sign (for victory); making a V with the index and middle fingers
nod - a sign of assent or salutation or command
bowing, obeisance, bow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
sign of the cross - a gesture with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith
curtsey, curtsy - bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women
3.gesture - something done as an indication of intention; "a political gesture"; "a gesture of defiance"
beau geste - a gracious (but usually meaningless) gesture
indicant, indication - something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
Verb1.gesture - show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"
wink - signal by winking; "She winked at him"
exsert, hold out, stretch forth, stretch out, put out, extend - thrust or extend out; "He held out his hand"; "point a finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting"
shrug - raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
clap, spat - clap one's hands together; "The children were clapping to the music"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
applaud, acclaim, clap, spat - clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
bless, sign - make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
nod - express or signify by nodding; "He nodded his approval"
cross oneself - make the sign of the cross; in the Catholic religion
bow, bow down - bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
shake - shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state; "shake one's head"; "She shook her finger at the naughty students"; "The old enemies shook hands"; "Don't shake your fist at me!"
beckon, wave - signal with the hands or nod; "She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"

gesture

noun
1. sign, action, signal, motion, indication, gesticulation She made a menacing gesture with her fist.
2. demonstration, display, exhibition, expression, proof, illustration, testimony, manifestation He called on the government to make a gesture of goodwill.
verb
1. signal, sign, wave, indicate, motion, beckon, gesticulate I gestured towards the boathouse and he looked inside.

gesture

noun
1. An expressive, meaningful bodily movement:
Informal: high sign.
2. Something that takes the place of words in communicating a thought or feeling:
verb
To make bodily motions so as to convey an idea or complement speech:
Idiom: give the high sign.
Translations
إيـْمَاءَةحَرَكَه، إيماءهيومئُ
gestoukázatdát znamení
gestusgøre tegnfagter
ele
gesta
gesztus
látbragî; handahreyfingartjá e-î meî látbragîi
身振り
몸짓
duoti ženklągestasmostas
žestikulētžests
gestogestikulovať
kretnjapoteza
gest
ท่าทาง
el kol hareketleriel kol hareketleri yapmakjest
cử chỉ

gesture

[ˈdʒestʃəʳ]
A. N
1. (lit) → ademán m, gesto m
2. (fig) → demostración f; (= small token) → muestra f, detalle m
what a nice gesture!¡qué gesto or detalle más agradable!
as a gesture of friendshipen señal de amistad
as a gesture of supportpara demostrar nuestro apoyo
empty gesturepura formalidad f
B. VIhacer gestos
he gestured towards the doorseñaló or apuntó hacia la puerta
to gesture to sb to do sthindicar a algn con la mano que haga algo
C. VTexpresar con un ademán

gesture

[ˈdʒɛstʃər]
n
(= movement) → geste m
to make a gesture (lit)faire un geste
(= symbolic action) → geste m
a symbolic gesture → un geste symbolique
as a gesture to sth [+ security] → par mesure de qch
(= sign) [goodwill, support] → signe m
as a gesture of friendship → en témoignage d'amitié
to do sth as a gesture of sth [support, defiance] → faire qch en signe de qch; [goodwill] → faire qch en gage de qch
vifaire un geste

gesture

n (lit, fig)Geste f; to make a gestureeine Geste machen; a gesture of defiance/approvaleine herausfordernde/zustimmende Geste; as a gesture of support/goodwillals Zeichen der Unterstützung/des guten Willens; his use of gestureseine Gestik
vigestikulieren; to gesture at somebody/somethingauf jdn/etw deuten; he gestured with his head toward(s) the safeer deutete mit dem Kopf auf den Safe
vt to gesture somebody to do somethingjdm bedeuten or zu verstehen geben, etw zu tun

gesture

[ˈdʒɛstʃəʳ]
1. ngesto
as a gesture of friendship → in segno d'amicizia
2. vi he gestured towards the doorfece un gesto verso la porta
to gesture to sb to do sth → far segno a qn di fare qc

gesture

(ˈdʒestʃə) noun
a movement of the head, hand etc to express an idea etc. The speaker emphasized his words with violent gestures.
verb
to make a gesture or gestures. He gestured to her to keep quiet.

gesture

إيـْمَاءَة gesto gestus Geste χειρονομία gesto ele geste gesta gesto 身振り 몸짓 gebaar gest gest gesto жест gest ท่าทาง jest cử chỉ 姿态

ges·ture

n. gesto, ademán.
References in classic literature ?
I asked him to help me so, and he never forgot it, but saved me from many a sharp word by that little gesture and kind look.
He rumpled his hair with a quick, excited gesture, which with him often announces a new determination, and I could see that my suggestion took hold of him.
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.
The instant the father seconded this intimation by an expressive gesture of the hand, Uncas threw himself on the ground, and approached the animal with wary movements.
he added hurriedly, recognizing Christie's half-conscious, deprecating gesture with more exaggerated deprecation.
Without giving herself time for a second thought, she rushed into the shop, pale, wild, desperate in gesture and expression, scowling portentously, and looking far better qualified to do fierce battle with a housebreaker than to stand smiling behind the counter, bartering small wares for a copper recompense.
With a tragic gesture, she flung out her two arms, which fixed a barrier of white flesh against the door.
The colonel made a gesture of horror and turned pale.
He despised small game and insignificant personalities, whether in the shape of dukes or bagmen, letting them go by like sea-weed; but show him a refined or powerful face, let him hear a plangent or a penetrating voice, fish for him with a living look in some one's eye, a passionate gesture, a meaning and ambiguous smile, and his mind was instantaneously awakened.
At once a quaintly pretty little figure in chequered purple and white followed my gesture, and then astonished me by imitating the sound of thunder.
Milady folded her hands, and raising her fine eyes toward heaven, "Lord, Lord," said she, with an angelic meekness of gesture and tone, "pardon this man, as I myself pardon him.
The steward made a gesture that signified, "I do not know.