a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc.: the gestures of an orator; a threatening gesture.
the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
any action, courtesy, communication, etc., intended for effect or as a formality; considered expression; demonstration: a gesture of friendship.
Digital Technology. a particular movement of the body, typically the fingers or hand, used to control or interact with a digital device (often used attributively): a gesture command;Use a two-finger pinching gesture on your touchscreen to zoom in or out.
to make or use a gesture or gestures.
to express by a gesture or gestures.
- ges·tur·al, adjective
- ges·tur·er, noun
- un·ges·tur·al, adjective
- un·ges·tur·ing, adjective
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How to use gesture in a sentence
Far from being mere gestures, these rituals help ensure the vitality of our democratic republic.Charles Koch: Partisan politics don’t work. It’s time for a new way | jakemeth | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
To that end, he sought to get ahead of any potential problems with a kind gesture and a heads-up for his neighbors about any yells they may hear through the walls.‘Call of Duty’ voice actors spent the summer on video calls like the rest of us | Mike Hume | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Both artists’ pictures appear luminous and liquid, with edge-less gestures that flow into each other like ocean currents.In the galleries: Referencing the revered Washington colorists and beyond | Mark Jenkins | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
A Google spokesperson declined to comment about the possibility that gesture controls would come to future thermostats.Google’s new Nest Thermostat is geared toward smart-home newbies | jonathanvanian2015 | October 12, 2020 | Fortune
This is something you should practice, so recording and rewatching yourself to get the gestures right can help a lot.These public speaking techniques can help you look smart on video calls | Sandra Gutierrez G. | October 6, 2020 | Popular-Science
His paintings consist of a gestural script simultaneously simple yet impossible to decipher.
Newell meanwhile, experimented with gestural abstraction in the 1950s.
But the speech, or oral, method is steadily growing in popularity, and gradually supplanting manual spelling and gestural signs.What the Mother of a Deaf Child Ought to Know | John Dutton Wright
It is quite the contrary in the case of the instantaneous gratification of a video work, of an installation, or of gestural art.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for gesture
a motion of the hands, head, or body to emphasize an idea or emotion, esp while speaking
something said or done as a formality or as an indication of intention: a political gesture
obsolete the manner in which a person bears himself; posture
to express by or make gestures; gesticulate
- gestural, adjective
- gesturer, noun
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