gesture – [ jes-cher ] – / ˈdʒɛs tʃər / – Noun
- a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.: the gestures of an orator; a threatening gesture.
- the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
- any action, courtesy, communication, etc., intended for effect or as a formality; considered expression; demonstration: a gesture of friendship.
- Digital Technology. a particular movement of the body, typically the fingers or hand, used to control or interact with a digital device (often used attributively): a gesture command; Use a two-finger pinching gesture on your touchscreen to zoom in or out.
- verb (used without object), ges·tured, ges·tur·ing.
- to make or use a gesture or gestures.
verb (used with object), ges·tured, ges·tur·ing.
- to express by a gesture or gestures.
WORDS RELATED TO GESTURE
nod, signal, sign, token, indication, action, reminder, expression, salute, curtsy, bow, wink, mime, intimation, genuflection, wave, gesticulation, shrug, pantomime, kinesics
ORIGIN OF GESTURE
1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin gestūra mode of action, manner, bearing, equivalent to Latin gest(us) past participle of gerere to bear, carry on, perform + ūra -ure
OTHER WORDS FROM GESTURE
- ges·tur·al, adjective
- ges·tur·er, noun
- un·ges·tur·al, adjective
- un·ges·tur·ing, adjective
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GESTURE
- They could, after all, have just been trying to make a gesture toward inclusiveness.
- But the President could easily reposition it as a friendly “pro-gun rights” gesture by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
- Simply tap on your own screen, and haptic feedback mechanisms in the watch will transfer the gesture to the wrist of your friend.
- I wanted to gesture at the sheer number of designers who were involved.
- Every message, action and gesture seems calculated to ratchet up the anxiety of those who are listening.
- The gesture, together with his forward-tilted hat, served to conceal the fact that he was masked.
- “Nowadays we get it all through the winter,” said the Baron with a gesture of disenchantment.
- Caleb’s finger had swung toward the door in a gesture unmistakable.
- On the other hand there is the converse fact that the voice may be influenced through expression and gesture.
- In obedience to a gesture of his she pulled up her horse as they reached the level.