• WordNet 3.6
    • v pantomime act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only "The acting students mimed eating an apple"
    • n pantomime a performance using gestures and body movements without words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Pantomime A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features.
    • Pantomime A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; a depiction of an event, narrative, or situation using only gestures and bodily movements, without speaking; hence, dumb show, generally.
    • Pantomime A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor.
    • Pantomime One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist; a mime. "He] saw a pantomime perform so well that he could follow the performance from the action alone."
    • a Pantomime Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic; as, a pantomime dance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pantomime One who expresses his meaning by action without words; a player who employs only action—mimicry, gestures, movements, and posturing—in presenting his part.
    • n pantomime under the Roman empire, a kind of spectacular play resembling the modern “ballet of action,” in which the functions of the actor were confined to gesticulation and dancing, the accompanying text being sung by a chorus; in modern times, any play to plot of which is expressed by mute gestures, with little or no dialogue; hence, expression of anything by gesture alone: as, he made know his wants in pantomime.
    • n pantomime A popular theatrical entertainment of which many are produced in Great Britain about the Christmas season, usually consisting of two parts, the first or burlesque being founded on some popular fable, the effects being heightened by gorgeous scenery and catching music, and the second, or harlequinade, consisting almost wholly of the tricks of the clown and pantaloon and the dancing of harlequin and columbine.
    • pantomime Representing only in mute action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pantomime pan′tō-mīm one who expresses his meaning by action without speaking: a play or an entertainment in dumb show: an entertainment in a theatre, usually about Christmas-time, in which some well-known story is acted, amidst showy scenery, with music and dancing, concluding with buffoonery by conventional characters—the clown, pantaloon, harlequin, and columbine
    • adj Pantomime representing only by action without words
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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
F., fr. L. pantomimus, Gr. , lit., all-imitating; pa^s panto`s, all + to imitate: cf. It. pantomimo,. See Mimic


In literature:

There was no singing in this act at all, only pantomime.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
But Bessie, in a delightful little pantomime, made signs to me to be patient: we could throw it all out of the window afterward if need be.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
It's a sort of pantomime, for me, by Jove.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
Our affairs took a long time to arrange, for grunts and pantomime are not rapid means of communication, when it comes to detail.
"Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland" by George Forrest Browne
It is emphatically a Pantomime for children to see and to enjoy.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 102, Jan. 9, 1892" by Various
We'll go to the pantomime together if you aren't too old for it.
"The Golden Scarecrow" by Hugh Walpole
He may have been a pantomime King, but he was a King, and with all his geniality he let nobody forget it.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
The scene to vary, we shall try in time To treat you with a little pantomime.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, April 1875, Vol. XV., No. 88" by Various
In spite of incongruous masque or rather pantomime scenes the pervading atmosphere is sustained.
"Purcell" by John F. Runciman
Robinson Crusoe, or Harlequin Friday, was the pantomime in 1790.
"Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham" by Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell

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
He comes to town at Christmas-time,
And braves its icy breath,
To play in that favourite pantomime,
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
They've seen that ghastly pantomime,
They've felt its blighting breath,
They know that rollicking Christmas-time
Meant Cold and Want and Death, -
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
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
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:

Left fielder Michael Morse pantomimes a home run swing after returning to the batter's box following an umpire's review of his grand slam in the first inning.
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.
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.