Romayn gestes, the 'Roman gests,' in the collection called Gesta Romanorum, or stories of a like character.
The antients represented the 143 passions, by gests, colors and sounds.
gests at length came to signify adventures or incidents in general.
Hence it would appear that there was a program of the gests, stating the time of arrival at and departure from each of them.
He does not assert that the earth was stopped on its axis, but sug- gests "refraction" as a way out of the difficulty.
"famous deed, exploit; story, romance," c.1300, from Old French geste "action, exploit, romance, history (of celebrated people or actions)," from Latin gesta "actions, exploits, deeds, achievements," neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere "to carry on, wage, perform," of unknown origin. Cf. jest.