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Definition 1: motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling - [noun denoting act]

(gesture is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of gesture ) a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

"he warned me with a jab with his finger" "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"

(... is a kind of gesture ) ritual hand movement in Hindu religious dancing

Definition 2: something done as an indication of intention - [noun denoting act]

Samples where gesture or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a political gesture
  • a gesture of defiance

(gesture is a kind of ...) something that serves to indicate or suggest

"an indication of foul play" "indications of strain" "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"

(... is a kind of gesture ) a gracious (but usually meaningless) gesture

Definition 3: the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for gesture in the sense of this definition

(gesture is a kind of ...) communication that relies on vision

(... is a kind of gesture ) a gesture with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith

(... is a kind of gesture ) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

(... is a kind of gesture ) a sign of assent or salutation or command

(... is a kind of gesture ) a sign (for victory); making a V with the index and middle fingers

(... is a kind of gesture ) the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

(... is a kind of gesture ) a gesture involving the shoulders

(... is a kind of gesture ) a motion calling for an immediate vote on the main question under discussion by a deliberative assembly

(... is a kind of gesture ) a gesture of greeting or elation; one person's upraised palm slaps the upraised palm of another person

(... is a kind of gesture ) a showy gesture

"she entered with a great flourish"

(... is a kind of gesture ) a gesture executed with the facial muscles

(... is a kind of gesture ) a beckoning gesture

(... is a kind of gesture ) a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion

(... is a kind of gesture ) a gesture that is part of a sign language

(... is a kind of gesture ) bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women

Definition 4: show, express or direct through movement - [verb of communication]

Samples where gesture or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He gestured his desire to leave

Synonyms for gesture in the sense of this definition

(gesture is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of gesture ) signal by winking

"She winked at him"

(... is a kind of gesture ) 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!"

(... is a kind of gesture ) bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head

"He bowed before the King" "She bowed her head in shame"

(... is a kind of gesture ) make the sign of the cross; in the Catholic religion

(... is a kind of gesture ) express or signify by nodding

"He nodded his approval"

(... is a kind of gesture ) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

(... is a kind of gesture ) clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

(... is a kind of gesture ) clap one's hands together

"The children were clapping to the music"

(... is a kind of gesture ) raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation

(... is a kind of gesture ) thrust or extend out

"He held out his hand" "point a finger" "extend a hand" "the bee exserted its sting"

(... is a kind of gesture ) signal with the hands or nod

"She waved to her friends" "He waved his hand hospitably"

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