• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pantomimical Of or pertaining to the pantomime; representing by dumb show. "Pantomimic gesture."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: High-wire acts have been enjoyed since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Antique medals have been excavated from Greek islands depicting men ascending inclined cords and walking across ropes stretched between cliffs. The Greeks called these high-wire performers neurobates or oribates. In the Roman city of Herculaneum there is a fresco representing an aerialist high on a rope, dancing and playing a flute. Sometimes Roman tightrope walkers stretched cables between the tops of two neighboring hills and performed comic dances and pantomimes while crossing.
    • pantomimical Same as pantomimic.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Who can guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pantomimique,


In literature:

Then he went through the pantomime of one writing, and finished by pointing to the house.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
They debate in the streets, rub elbows in the baths, beat each other unmercifully as in a pantomime.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Yes," said Mr. Sewell, crooking his elbow in inimitable pantomime, "altogether too often.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
The clown, drawing from the wide pantaloons a dollar, pantomimed to Bud.
"The Court of Boyville" by William Allen White
It was a pantomime in which every gesture was understandable.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Now I've pitched the Manual away that got me in this mess, And in ingenious pantomime my wishes I express.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99, September 6, 1890" by Various
He may have been a pantomime King, but he was a King, and with all his geniality he let nobody forget it.
"Twelve Types" by G.K. Chesterton
There hasn't been a new joke in a pantomime these twenty years.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 146., January 14, 1914" by Various
Pantomimes, expenses of, 80.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Certainly, the pantomime was inimitably got up, but it had all been arranged by Moggy, the corporal, and the others.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

Together we crowed over
The show, we laughed in chime,
But now it tires and dazzles,
Thy lovely pantomime.
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
The mallet-sport became her
In hue of exercise
That tinged her cheek with roses;
And, dancing in her eyes,
Were pantomime suggestions
Of having won--a prize.
"Margaret" by Hattie Howard
And she’s wearing a dress - she couldn’t do less
Like the fairy in our pantomime was
So delightfully thin - if you got a look in
You could very near see what the time was.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
The great blue hollow like a garment o'er me;
Space all unmeasured, unrecorded time;
While seen with inward eye moves on before me
Thought's pictured train in wordless pantomime.
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And this must be the prime of life… I blink,
As if at pain; for it is pain, to think
This pantomime
Of compensating act and counter-act
Defeat and counterfeit, makes up, in fact
My ablest time.
"Maturity" by Philip Larkin
He pointed a blind where strange shadows were seen—
Wild pantomime hinting of revels within—
‘We’ll drop on M‘Fly, if you’ll listen to me,
‘And prove we are right to O’Hara, J. P.’’
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson

In news:

A pantomime learning performance, including a brief presentation on the history of mime , will be held at the senior center on Monday, Jan 24, at 12:45 pm The performance follows the talk.
Marcel Marceau, the wiry French mime who mostly performed as the chalk-faced Bip and did much to revive the art of pantomime, died Saturday in France.
Michael Morse hits pantomime home run.
Not Christmas Without Pantomime .
(PHOTO: Centerstage Theatre)English pantomimes have an image problem.
For some reason pantomimes are a Christmas tradition in Britain but the thematic material has little to do with the season.
Vanilla Ice to Appear in Pantomime Performance of 'Peter Pan'.
Vanilla Ice is set to play Captain Hook in a pantomime performance of Peter Pan at a theater in England later this year.
Episode 46: plastic pantomime .
Sarah's on the lookout for pantomime dames as she prepares to celebrate panto season.
After his first big catch in Texas' victory at Texas Tech on Saturday, the UT wide receiver imitated the Red Raiders' "guns-up" hand sign and then pantomimed holstering the two imaginary sidearms.
That is, I normally do shows at Christmas, but not those peculiar events known only to the British, called pantomimes.
Lighting director Chris Chisnall used Compulite Vector Green and Blue lighting consoles on the Granada TV production of the Coronation Street Pantomime.
Michael Morse pantomimes a swing to get his grand slam going for more.
Wednesday evening, Les Pierrettes dedicated the organization's annual ball to Pierrot, the French master of pantomime.