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Other Pantomime Definition

[n] a performance using gestures and body movements without words
[v] act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only; "The acting students mimed eating an apple"


dumb show, mime, mime

Misc. Definitions

\Pan"to*mime\, n. [F., fr. L. pantomimus, Gr. ?, lit., all-imitating; ?, ?, all + ? to imitate: cf. It. pantomimo. See {Mimic}.]
1. A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor. [Obs.]
2. One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist. [He] saw a pantomime perform so well that he could follow the performance from the action alone. --Tylor.
3. A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; hence, dumb show, generally.
4. A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features.
\Pan"to*mime\, a. Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic; as, a pantomime dance.

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