gesticulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gesticulation a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gesticulation A gesture; a motion of the body or limbs in speaking, or in representing action or passion, and enforcing arguments and sentiments.
    • Gesticulation Antic tricks or motions.
    • Gesticulation The act of gesticulating, or making gestures to express passion or enforce sentiments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gesticulation The act or practice of gesticulating or making gestures: as, his gesticulation is awkward.
    • n gesticulation A gesture; an expressive motion of the head, body, or limbs.
    • n gesticulation Synonyms See gesture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Gesticulation act of making gestures in speaking: a gesture
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gesticulatio,: cf. F. gesticulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. gesticulāri, -ātusgesticulus, dim. of gestus, gesture—gerĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

We saw them coming down, staring and gesticulating.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
Quite in contrast, the other priest, a Franciscan, talks much and gesticulates more.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
To do justice to the great work he needed both hands for purposes of gesticulation.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
Or there is a fire, and whose is that pale and gesticulating form at the upper window?
"The White Feather" by P. G. Wodehouse
I can't keep up this gesticulations game any more!
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells
Gradually his voice rose, and his gesticulations and actions became more violent.
"Among Malay Pirates" by G. A. Henty
Mr. Emilius gesticulated, and struck his breast, and brought out his words as though he meant them.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
It took more than raised voices and gesticulating hands to disturb Miss Winch.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
The Italian, who was talking and gesticulating as to himself, did not perceive them.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Gradually his voice rose, and his gesticulations and actions became more violent.
"Tales of Daring and Danger" by George Alfred Henty
The captain heaved, gesticulated, began to reply, but every time Nikolay Vsyevolodovitch stopped him peremptorily.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Some ministers think he has more gesticulation than grace.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Ruiz immediately started up, and with violent gesticulations protested against such conduct, and was joined by his companions.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
Groups of soldiers stood in our way; some were mad with excitement, gesticulating and cursing; others were mute and white.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
You will find it best to disregard his maniacal shoutings and gesticulations.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 146., January 21, 1914" by Various
As this was the last chorus, it was repeated three or four times, and with hallooing, screaming, and dancing in mad gesticulation.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They shouted and gesticulated, pointing at him.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
He stopped short on the pavement, and gesticulated violently.
"The Lost Ambassador" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He thinks that because English actors do not gesticulate a great deal they act badly.
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
Now, Pierre stood red and angry, with his right arm extended, gesticulating toward his wife.
"The International Weekly Miscellany, Volume I. No. 8" by Various
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In poetry:

There were no poppies or carnations,
Hardly a greenish lily, watery faint.
Green, dim, invisible flourishing of vines
Royally gesticulate.
"Grapes" by D H Lawrence
Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.
"Be Angry At The Sun" by Robinson Jeffers
Where's the speech with phrases frilly,
Trouncing foemen willy nilly,
Waving arms, gesticulations,
Posturing and wild gyrations?
Briefly, where's the vaudeville
That, in olden days was Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis
This wild night, gathering the washing as if it were flowers
animal vines twisting over the line and
slapping my face lightly, soundless merriment
in the gesticulations of shirtsleeves,
I recall out of my joy a night of misery
"From The Roof" by Denise Levertov
Eleazar and the big chief harangued and gesticulated;
They founded Dartmouth College, and the big chief matriculated.
Eleazar was the faculty, and the whole curriculum
Was five hundred gallons of New England rum.
Fill the Bowl up! Fill the bowl up!
"Eleazar Wheelock" by Richard Hovey

In news:

Rick Perry was unusually animated, scrunching his face and gesticulating wildly, during a 25-minute speech in New Hampshire last Friday.
They screamed at one another, one of them gesticulating wildly with one hand while the other hand, white-knuckled, gripped the steering wheel to guide the competing cars through the packed Airport Rotary.
Young is not the kind of clubhouse leader the public rallies behind because the public doesn't see what he does through self-glorifying quotes and gesticulations.
Sestriere, Italy There's nothing like 100,000 cheering, gesticulating Italians on skis , but that's what you'll see when the 2006 Winter Olympics hit the slopes where Alberto Tomba won his first World Cup race in 1987.
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