žests

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Latvian[edit]

Žests

Etymology[edit]

Via other European languages (probably French geste “gesture”), ultimately borrowed from Latin gestus (posture, attitude, gesture), a noun related to the verb gerō (to carry, to bear).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

žests m (1st declension)

  1. gesture, sign (meaningful movement, especially of one's hand or head)
    pavēles žestscommanding gesture
    teatrāls žeststheatrical gesture
    žestu valodasign language
    “vai jums ir sieva?” es jautāju Kamarā; “nav”, viņš atbild, ar žestiem pasvītrodams savus vārdus“do you have a wife?” I asked Kamars; “no,” he answered, underlining his words with gestures
    pabeigts žests sākas ar domu un arī beidzas ar toa complete gesture begins with a thought and also finishes with it
    patika arī diriģenta žests: atturīgs, savaldīgs, precīzsthe (orchestra) conductor's gestures also pleased: aloof, self-controlled, precise
    viņa nošķobīja lūpas un, mēteli ar ierastu žestu atsituši, atkrita solāshe twisted (her) lips and, throwing off (her) coat with a habitual gesture, fell on the bench
    aktrise runā viegli, un arī rokas, tik kustīgas un graciozas, allaž piedalās čalojošā sarunā ar bezbedīgiem žestiemthe actress speaks easily, and also (her) hands, so mobile and graceful, always participate in the garrulous conversation with light-hearted gestures
  2. (figuratively) gesture (an act, action with a certain meaning, that shows a certain attitude)
    draudzīgs žestsa friendly gesture
    cēls žestsa noble gesture
    zēns izrāva lielo “Rīgu” un piedāvāja visiem... uz kapteini šis žests, acīm redzot, atstāja labu iespaiduthe boy pulled out a big “Rīga” (pack of cigarettes) and gave (cigarettes) to everyone... this gesture clearly left a good impression on the captain

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