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A turning of one's head to the right and left, signifying denial, disapproval, disbelief, doubt, or bewilderment.

head′shak′ing adj. & n.


the gesture of shaking one's head
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Noun1.headshake - the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement; "I could tell from their headshakes that they didn't believe me"
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"
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I knew what she meant and I replied with a negative headshake.
Blessingbourne at this gave one of the slow soft silent headshakes to which she often resorted and which, mostly accompanied by the light of cheer, had somehow, in spite of the small obstinacy that smiled in them, a special grace.
Her subtle laugh, often accompanied by a headshake.
Norman argues that the NUI or gesture-based interactivity of the iPad is neither new (he mentions the Theremin, patented in 1928, as one of several forerunner devices) nor as apodictic as its proponents claim ("Even the simple headshake is puzzling when cultures intermix" [6]).
Those who are charged with writing the text are often doing a headshake or eye roll at the fact that they've had to wait for that.
Headshake Pede-se ao paciente para fechar os olhos e inclinar sua cabeca para baixo 30[degrees] e em seguida oscila a cabeca 20 a 30 vezes na horizontal.
The headshake was fiercer this time and there were tears in his eyes.
5 ("A nod or headshake is as much a 'testimonial' or 'communicative' act in this sense as are spoken words.
In the Fifth Amendment analysis, the SJC determined the meaning of Clarke's headshake (and invocation of the right to remain silent) as unambiguous under Thompkins, despite reasonable alternative explanations that could have made the meaning of the headshake at least ambiguous.
The procedure is repeated, with the examiner shaking the patient's head at 2 Hz and recording the number of lines lost during headshake.
Giveaways," Sharks coach Roy Sommer said with a headshake of disgust.