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Other Gesture Definition

[n] motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
[n] something done as an indication of intention; "a political gesture"; "a gesture of defiance"
[n] the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
[v] show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"

Misc. Definitions

\Ges"ture\, n. [LL. gestura mode of action, fr. L. gerere, gestum, to bear, behave, perform, act. See {Gest} a deed.]
1. Manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture. [Obs.] Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture used by many nations. --Sir T. Browne.
2. A motion of the body or limbs expressive of sentiment or passion; any action or posture intended to express an idea or a passion, or to enforce or emphasize an argument, assertion, or opinion. Humble and reverent gestures. --Hooker. Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love. --Milton.
\Ges"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gestured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gesturing}.] To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate. It is not orderly read, nor gestured as beseemeth. --Hooker.
\Ges"ture\, v. i. To make gestures; to gesticulate. The players . . . gestured not undecently withal. --Holland.

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