• Cross-roads and gesture sign. Mexican pictograph
    Cross-roads and gesture sign. Mexican pictograph
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gesture show, express or direct through movement "He gestured his desire to leave"
    • n gesture motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
    • n gesture something done as an indication of intention "a political gesture","a gesture of defiance"
    • n gesture the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Cook gesturing at a rather ashamed-looking William The Cook gesturing at a rather ashamed-looking William

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The gesture of a nose tap, in Britain, means secrecy or confidentiality. In Italy, a tap to the nose signifies a friendly warning.
    • Gesture A motion of the body or limbs expressive of sentiment or passion; any action or posture intended to express an idea or a passion, or to enforce or emphasize an argument, assertion, or opinion. "Humble and reverent gestures .""Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
      In every gesture dignity and love."
    • Gesture Manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture. "Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture used by many nations."
    • v. t Gesture To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate. "It is not orderly read, nor gestured as beseemeth."
    • v. i Gesture To make gestures; to gesticulate. "The players . . . gestured not undecently withal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gesture Movement of the body or limbs; carriage of the person.
    • n gesture A motion of the head, body, or limbs expressive of thought, sentiment, or passion; any action or posture intended to express a thought or a feeling, or to emphasize or illustrate what is said.
    • n gesture Bearing; behavior, in a general sense.
    • n gesture Synonyms Gesture, Gesticulation. These words may have the same meaning, but gesture is more common to represent the thing, while gesticulation generally represents the act, and especially vigorous, varied, and rapid action: as, rapid and abundant gesticulation; a slight gesture of impatience.
    • gesture To gesticulate; make gestures.
    • gesture To accompany or enforce with gesture or action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gesture jes′tūr a posture, or movement of the body: an action expressive of sentiment or passion:
    • n Gesture jes′tūr (Shak.) behaviour
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  • Sarah Bernhardt
    Sarah Bernhardt
    “For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.”
  • Alfred E. Smith
    Alfred E. Smith
    “Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”
  • Norman Thomas
    Norman Thomas
    “If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. gestura, mode of action, fr. L. gerere, gestum, to bear, behave, perform, act. See Gest a deed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. gestura—L. gestus, from L. gerĕre, to carry.


In literature:

He made his peculiar, shrugging gesture.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
One woman walked as she did, another made a gesture with her hand that reminded of her.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The speaker lifted his long arm with an impatient gesture.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Athos consented by a gesture.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
He spread his hand with a sweeping gesture.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
He had made a gesture.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
As they drew near she turned and made a sweeping gesture toward the prospect.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Mrs. Westmore made an impatient gesture.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
She had finished her cup of tea, and now, with a little gesture, refused to have another.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Begging gesture made by child when he wants something (318).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer

In poetry:

They were a Vision, though. And are these real,
These men and women, moving as in sleep,
Who, smiling, gesture to the same Ideal,
For which the music makes me weep?
"Music In A Crowd" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
My face, my form, my gestures and my voice,
May be reflections from a race that was.
But this I know, and knowing it, rejoice,
I am Myself, a part of the Great Cause.
"Freedom" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Each gesture mourns, each look is black with care,
And every groan is loaden with despair.
Reader, if guilty, spare the Muse, and find
A truer image pictured in thy mind.
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book III" by Edward Young
Yielding me place beside him with dumb gesture
Born of that reticence of sky and air.
We sit apart, yet wrapped in that one vesture
Of silence, sadness, and unspoken care:
"The Station-Master Of Lone Prairie" by Francis Bret Harte
Time is our Midas. We are of his line;
His touch descends to us on either side—
That golden touch. One gesture will refine
This dust into such realms as dust would hide.
"The Attic" by Henri Coulette
But she, whose voice that hailed him he could hear
There 'mid the mist and wind, she seemed to wring
Her hands with gestures yet more maddening
Toward him who drew not near.
"The Ferryman" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

Mope Rock king Morrissey's got something new to be sad about — and those seeing him in concert in the coming weeks might notice that his sweeping onstage hand gestures might not be so sweepy.
She said even in autistic children who don't speak, the therapy can be done through gestures and interpreting their body language.
A sense of community comes not simply through how neighbors react to tragedy, but also in the small gestures each resident shows another.
A Chinese soldier gestures as he stands near an Indian soldier on the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.
And know the gestures which small flowers make when they open in the morning.
Microsoft detailed its new Windows 8 gestures and commands in a recent blog post.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton apologized for a throat-slashing gesture he made toward Tampa Bay Lightning center Blair Jones that cost him a one-game suspension.
Hillary Clinton's failed symbolic gesture to Russia's foreign minister happened all of two weeks ago, but the fallout is still reverberating inside the State Department.
Controllers Drive Gesture Recognition on Resistive Touch Screens.
She expertly worked with a vocabulary that included a resonant use of the upper body and a gestural language for the arms that sometimes approximated hieroglyphs.
HARLEM;The Rhythmic Gestures of an African Past.
Enlarge The Associated Press Migrant worker Jose Gonzalez gestures as he joins other farmers in a meeting with State Sen Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, to discuss the Alabama immigration law in Steele, Ala.
I believed every gesture, emotion and through-the-legs-dribble she dished up.
While it may have seemed like a fanciful idea at the outset, D'Ooge kept placing orders because employees seemed to appreciate the gesture.
In what was no doubt a spontaneous and affectionate gesture, then-Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard's staff bought him a $4,500 travel agency gift certificate for Christmas in 2009.

In science:

This paper introduces a new prototype system for controlling a PC by head movements and also with voice commands. Our system is a multimodal interface concerned with controlling the computer. The selected modes of interaction are speech and gestures.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
IHM, Gesture, Speech, multimodal interface, handicapped people.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
Davis, J. W. and Vaks, S., A perceptual user interface for recognizing head gesture acknowledgements.
A Prototype System for Controlling a Computer by Head Movements and Voice Commands
Creating a virtual palette on the monitor, drag and drop all the necessary components from a virtual palette into the panel on the virtual prototype using hand gestures, program the elements in the panel and interact with the constructed model.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications
Resizing of Interaction elements are performed with the help of Pinch and Release gestures.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications