dumb show

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dumb show a performance using gestures and body movements without words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dumb show Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown in pantomime.
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Usage

In literature:

Kostran will deliver his speech in dumb-show, and we'll dub the sound in and telecast them as one.
"Time Crime" by H. Beam Piper
The playgoing mob always includes groundlings who delight exclusively in dumb shows and noise.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
Dumb Shows before each act continue the attempt to balance matters spectacularly.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
It lacks homogeneity, and the story is helped out by dumb shows and prologues.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
In fact, in dumb show he at last began to teach us the bird's habits.
"Through Forest and Stream" by George Manville Fenn
Sometimes called Pantomime, or Dumb-show which means all signs without sounds.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
With visual signalling and labial dumb show, Emily Louise implored enlightenment.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
A murder and its detection were given in dumb show.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In which case no piece of the unfortunate traveller would be left large enough to tell his story in dumb show.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Let us see what was happening at the Boston end of the wire while all this dumb show was being enacted in the Wilmington court-house.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
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In poetry:

At his suburban picture show
He'd sit and gloat, in mood serene,
Quite recompensed for all his woe
To see dumb women on the screen.
"A Haven Marred" by C J Dennis
Softly every night they come
To the picture show,
That old couple, deaf and dumb
In the second row;
Wistful watching, hand in hand,
Proud they understand.
"The Afflicted" by Robert W Service
This signior is sound, safe, ready, and dumb
As ever was candle, carrot, or thumb;
Then away with these nasty devices, and show
How you rate the just merit of Signior Dildo.
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
For when the spirit waxes numb,
Alien and strange these shows become,
And stricken with life's tedium
The streams run dry,
The choric spheres themselves are dumb,
And dead the sky,—
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
Of course the bear was greatly grieved,
But, being just a dumb thing,
She only thought: "I was deceived,
But still, I did hit something!"
Which showed this masculine achievement
Had somewhat soothed her deep bereavement.
"The Confidant Peasant And The Maladroit Bear" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
I love you as a child his mother's breast, as the dumb caves their own bottomlessness,
as halls the light that shows them best,
as the soul loves flame, as the body rest!
I love you as we who marked for death
love the moments of their living breath.
"Ode [Óda]" by Attila Jozsef

In news:

Jim Lutes's new show, 'Dumb Country'.
Gregg Weiner, Dumb Show , The Promethean Theatre.
Gregg Weiner, Dumb Show, The Promethean Theatre.
It's official: This show is running out of dumb gimmicks .
Imagine George Stephanopoulos having to do all the dumb entertainment and fluff that morning show hosts like Matt Lauer do.
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In science:

The velocity dispersion map shows a symmetric dumb-bell structure and the h3 map is anti-correlated with V in the inner parts, revealing an abrupt change in the gradient at r ≈ 4′′ (see also Fisher 1997).
SAURON: An Innovative Look at Early-Type Galaxies
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