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gesture (visual communication)

Definition:

the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

gesticulate

Plural:

gestures

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

motion

Etymology:

"manner of carrying the body", from Medieval Latin gestura "bearing, behavior",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of gesture...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Gesture

a form of non-verbal communication in which visible bodily actions communicate particular messages, either in place of speech or together and in parallel with words. Gestures include movement of the hands, face, or other parts of the body. Gestures... (39 of 1385 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Gesture

New World Dictionary:

gesture | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gestural [adjective, related] | gesturer [noun, related]

a movement, or movements collectively, of the body, or of part of the body, to express or emphasize ideas, emotions, etc. | anything said or done to ... (26 of 90 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gesture

Collins Dictionary:

gesture | posture [synonym, sense-specific] | gesticulate [synonym, sense-specific] | gestural [adjective, derived]

a motion of the hands, head, or body to emphasize an idea or emotion, especially while speaking | something said or done as a formality or as an ... (27 of 531 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gesture

Oxford Dictionary:

gesture | gestural [derived]

a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning | an action performed to convey a feeling or intention | ... (28 of 164 words, 5 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gesture

Merriam-Webster:

gesture [entry 1, noun] | carriage [synonym, sense-specific] | bearing [synonym, sense-specific] | gesticulation [synonym, sense-specific] | mime [synonym, sense-specific] | pantomime [synonym, sense-specific] | sign [synonym, sense-specific] | signal [synonym, sense-specific] | beck [similar, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "carriage", "bearing" | a movement usually of the body or limbs that expresses or emphasizes an idea, sentiment, or attitude | the use of ... (23 of 158 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gesture

gesture [entry 2, verb] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | beckon [synonym, sense-specific] | flag [synonym, sense-specific] | motion [synonym, sense-specific] | signal [synonym, sense-specific] | wave [synonym, sense-specific] | nod [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to make a gesture | to express or direct by a gesture (11 of 83 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gesture show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

gesture | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gestures [3rd-person singular present] | gestural [adjective, related] | gesturally [adverb, related] | gesturer [noun, related]

A motion of the limbs or body made to express or help express thought or to emphasize speech. | The act of moving the limbs or body as an expression ... (29 of 100 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gesture

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gesture | gestures [plural]

[countable] a movement that communicates a feeling or instruction ; [uncountable] the use of movement to communicate, especially in dance | ... (20 of 99 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gesture

gesture [intransitive, verb] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gestures [3rd-person singular present]

to make a movement with your hands or head in order to show or tell someone something (17 of 82 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gesture 13

Random House Dictionary:

gesture | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.. | the use of such movements to ... (27 of 87 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gesture

Wiktionary:

gesture | gestures [plural] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gesticulate [synonym, sense-specific] | beckon [subtype, sense-specific]

A motion of the limbs or body, especially one made to emphasize speech. | An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of attitude. | [intransitive] To make a gesture or gestures. | [transitive] To express something by a gesture or gestures. (44 of 59 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gesture

Cambridge Dictionary:

gesture [entry 1]

a movement of the hands, arms or head, etc. to express an idea or feeling (15 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gesture 1

gesture [entry 2]

an action that you take which expresses your feelings or intentions, although it might have little practical effect (18 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gesture 2

gesture [entry 3]

to use a gesture to express or emphasize something (9 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gesture 3

Britannica Encyclopedia:

motion [mechanics]

in physics, change with time of the position or orientation of a body. Motion along a line or a curve is called translation. Motion that changes the ... (27 of 221 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/394061​/motion

motion [parliamentary procedure]

in parliamentary rules of order, a procedure by which proposals are submitted for the consideration of deliberative assemblies. If a motion is in ... (23 of 71 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/394058​/motion

Columbia Encyclopedia:

motion | Newton's laws of motion

the change of position of one body with respect to another. The rate of change is the speed of the body. If the direction of motion is also given, ... (29 of 58 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0834210​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

gesture | gestures [plural] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

a movement made with a part of the body in order to express meaning or emotion or to communicate an instruction | an action intended to communicate ... (26 of 143 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695872​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

gesture

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "manner of carrying the body", from Medieval Latin gestura "bearing, behavior", from Latin gestus "gesture, carriage, posture". ... (20 of 58 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=gesture

Oxford Dictionary:

gesture

Origin: late Middle English: from medieval Latin gestura, from Latin gerere "bear, wield, perform". The original sense was "bearing, ... (18 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gesture

Wiktionary:

gesture | gestures [plural] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

Origin: Medieval Latin gestura ("a mode of action"), from Latin gerere ("to bear, reflexive bear oneself, behave, act"), past participle gestus.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gesture

New World Dictionary:

gesture | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Medieval Latin gestura, mode of action from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere, to bear, carry

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gesture

Collins Dictionary:

gesture

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin gestūra bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere to bear

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gesture

American Heritage Dictionary:

gesture | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gestures [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin gestūra, bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere, to behave.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gesture

Merriam-Webster:

gesture [entry 1, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gestura mode of action, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gesture

Encarta Dictionary:

gesture | gestures [plural] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: medieval Latin gestura "deportment" from Latin gerere "carry, act"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695872​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

gesture | gestures [plural] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gesture"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gesture

Collins Dictionary:

gesture

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gesture

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gesture | gestures [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gesture

gesture [intransitive, verb] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gestures [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gesture 13

Macmillan American Dictionary:

gesture | gestures [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gesture

gesture [intransitive, verb] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle] | gestures [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gesture 13

Cambridge Dictionary:

gesture [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gesture"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gesture"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gesture 1

the Free Dictionary:

gesture

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gesture"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gesture"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gesture" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/gesture

Google Dictionary:

gesture | gestures [plural] | gestured [past tense] | gesturing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=gesture

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gesture

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gesture"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gestur​01 word=gesture

YourDictionary Audio:

gesture

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gesture" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gesture

freedictionary.org:

gesture

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gesture" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=gesture

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