gestures; gestured; gesturing
The thing to remember about
gesture, whether you're using it as a verb or a noun, is that not only is it a movement of the hands or body, but it's also a movement that has some meaning, intention, or emotion behind it.
When you use
gesture, you are entering into a whole history of human communication, because there is no language that exists entirely without gesture (a fun fact to bring up at parties). People can't communicate without gesture. It's so connected to intention that there is a phrase "empty gesture," used to mean an action or movement that is without genuine feeling.
motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
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a gesture that is part of a sign language
a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
a beckoning gesture
facial expression, facial gesture
a gesture executed with the facial muscles
a showy gesture
a gesture of greeting or elation; one person's upraised palm slaps the upraised palm of another person
a motion calling for an immediate vote on the main question under discussion by a deliberative assembly
a gesture involving the shoulders
wafture, wave, waving
the act of signaling by a movement of the hand
a sign (for victory); making a V with the index and middle fingers
a sign of assent or salutation or command
bow, bowing, obeisance
bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
sign of the cross
a gesture with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith
bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women
a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email
an expression of openmouthed astonishment
a contorted facial expression
a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
grin, grinning, smile, smiling
a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing
an angry vicious expression
a serious facial expression giving no evidence of interest or amusement
closing one eye quickly as a signal
the facial expression of sudden pain
the act of waving
the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence
a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)
a deep bow; a Muslim form of salutation
communication that relies on vision
something done as an indication of intention
gesture of defiance”
show, express, or direct through movement
gestured his desire to leave”
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signal by winking
exsert, extend, hold out, put out, stretch forth, stretch out
thrust or extend out
raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation
clap one's hands together
acclaim, applaud, clap, spat
clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
express or signify by nodding
make the sign of the cross; in the Catholic religion
bow, bow down
bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state
signal with the hands or nod
extend a joint beyond its normal range
applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
perform a ceremonious bow
transmit thoughts or feelings
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