- 1A movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning: Alex made a gesture of apology [mass noun]: so much is conveyed by gestureMore example sentences
- It has to do with attitude or spirit, which is reflected in speech patterns and facial expressions, hand gestures and overall body movement.
- So what do their expressions, hand gestures, body movements and speech say about what they're really thinking and feeling?
- Those quick hand gestures and body movements betray a restless energy and a need for variety and originality.
- 1.1An action performed to convey a feeling or intention: Maggie was touched by the kind gesture a gesture of goodwillMore example sentences
- She remembers other gestures of goodwill, including an Italian who took it upon himself to cook lunch for the farmer and his family while they were at church.
- Sometimes, youngsters convey through their simple gestures what many adults can never express in a thousand words.
- In a gesture of goodwill, a 24-hour internet cafe and a finance company in Edinburgh have offered US citizens free internet access to contact their loved ones.
- 1.2An action performed for show in the knowledge that it will have no effect: I hope the amendment will not be just a gestureMore example sentences
- There was no indication that these paltry and tardy gestures have had any effect in dampening the mass protest movement.
- A Department of Justice spokesperson rejected suggestions the move was a political gesture which would prove unrealistic when challenged.
- He denied the move was a political gesture.
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- 1Make a gesture: she gestured meaningfully with the pistolMore example sentences
- Gavin kicked her leg under the table, gesturing to their glaring father meaningfully.
- Edwards, as nearly as I can tell, never utters a word without one or more hands gesturing in some significant, word-intensifying manner.
- ‘No need to pay,’ he said, gesturing at the tables and chairs, ‘this is my home.’
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial or infinitive] Direct (someone) somewhere by means of a gesture: he gestured her towards a chairMore example sentences
- She gestured me towards a screened-off area behind the check-in desk.
- The man returned the salute and gestured him towards the desk in the center of the room.
- She took it out and pointed it at him and curled it to gesture him to come towards her.
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- Yee has brushed thick gestural strokes of bright colour onto existing photographs, then re-produced these unique combined images in another photograph.
- Gesturese is a physical manifestation of baby speak which modifies gestural communication for young children.
- There have been many gestural attempts to endow some buildings and the institutions that they house with significance through architectural symbolism.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin gestura, from Latin gerere 'bear, wield, perform'. The original sense was 'bearing, deportment', hence 'the use of posture and bodily movements for effect in oratory'.