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- IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒest͡ʃə/, /ˈdʒɛs.tʃə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛs.tʃɚ/, /ˈdʒɛs.tʃɝ/
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gesture (plural gestures)
- A motion of the limbs or body, especially one made to emphasize speech.
- The middle-finger gesture is really a nonverbal swear.
- This Web browser can be controlled with mouse gestures.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, / In every gesture dignity and love.
- An act or a remark that serves as a formality or as a sign of attitude.
- We took flowers as a gesture of sympathy.
- (graphical user interface) A motion made with a pointing device, or on a touchscreen, that is recognised by the system as a command.
- (obsolete) The manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture.
- gesture politics
motion of the limbs or body
act or remark
- (intransitive) To make a gesture or gestures.
- My dad told me never to gesture with my hands when I talk.
- Never gesture at someone using your middle finger: it may be perceived as an insult.
- (transitive) To express something by a gesture or gestures.
- He gestured his disgust.
- (transitive) To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action.
- ((intransitive) make a gesture): gesticulate
- ((intransitive) make a gesture): beckon
to make a gesture
to express something by a gesture
- gesture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- gesture in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Alternative form of