verb (used without object), ges·tured, ges·tur·ing.
verb (used with object), ges·tured, ges·tur·ing.
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WATCH NOW: These Hand Gestures Have Very Different Meanings In Other Cultures
Hand gestures, of course, can have very different meanings abroad. With the OK sign, maybe you meant to communicate "I am loving this spaghetti," but the waiter saw :"You're an a**hole."
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Origin of gesture
OTHER WORDS FROM gestureges·tur·al, adjectiveges·tur·er, nounun·ges·tur·al, adjectiveun·ges·tur·ing, adjective
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What does gesture mean?
A gesture is a movement of the hand, arms, or other body part that is intended to indicate or emphasize something, often when speaking.
In other words, gestures are body movements that express something. For example, a wave of the hand is a common gesture used to say hello to someone. In this sense, gesture is also commonly used as a verb.
A gesture can also be an action done for a specific reason, such as to show gratitude, as in Sending him flowers was a nice gesture.
In the context of digital technology, we interact with touchscreen devices using gestures—movements such as swiping a finger from side to side or using two fingers to “pinch” the screen and zoom in and out.
Example: When Tom walked into the office, his boss made a gesture to him to have a seat so they could talk.
Where does gesture come from?
The first records of the word gesture in English come from around 1400. It comes from the Medieval Latin word gestūra, meaning “mode of action” or “manner.” The verb gesticulate, which is synonymous with the verb sense of gesture, is based on the same root.
Most gestures are arm or hand gestures—like giving a thumbs-up or a salute or just waving your arms around when you talk. But you can gesture with all kinds of body parts, including your head, face, or even the entire body. Gestures are a part of body language, and they can emphasize or even change the meaning of what we’re saying. Of course, many gestures are used without speech. Sign language consists entirely of gestures. Some gestures are nearly universal, but some gestures that are common in one culture may mean something very different in another.
Similarly, the gestures we perform on touchscreen devices are often the same or similar from one device to the next (like pinching to zoom), but they can differ.
In a less literal sense, a gesture is any action done as a formality or intended to demonstrate an intention, as in I showed up to the party as a gesture of friendship. We often use gesture in this way to indicate that what’s being done is less important than what it’s supposed to communicate, as in It doesn’t matter what you get her—the gift is just a gesture.
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- gestural (adjective)
- gesturer (noun)
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Gestures may differ from culture to culture, but gesturing is universal.
Day one of online teaching, wherein I learn just how much of my teaching persona is "emphatic hand gestures."
— Todd G. Nordgren (@TGNordgren) April 6, 2020
Nice gesture made towards me today. Buying refs in the supermarket and join the queue trying to pay. Lady at the self checkout turns and sees me and says “Officer please go in front of me. You may get a call at any second & you need to eat.” Needless to say I accepted. #kindness
— Response Monkey (@ResponseMonkey) March 16, 2020
Also, my extremely hot take is that Google was right to make the entire left and right side of the phone the back gesture, despite how it breaks the swipe gesture for opening drawers.
As the most-used system-level navigation feature on Android, it needs to be easy and consistent
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) September 4, 2019
Try using gesture!
Is gesture used correctly in the following sentence?
If he doesn’t see you, try to gesture to him to get his attention.
Example sentences from the Web for gesture
Deepfake videos are made by feeding hundreds of hours of video of someone into a neural network, “teaching” the network the minutiae of the person’s voice, pronunciation, mannerisms, gestures, etc.Microsoft’s New Deepfake Detector Puts Reality to the Test|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 4, 2020|Singularity Hub
If you are close to the couple and want to send a gift, Elaine Swann, founder of the Swann School of Protocol, says the gesture can go a long way.A guide to giving gifts for postponed and shrunken weddings|Brooke Henderson|August 20, 2020|Fortune
Cultivating an antiracist company culture requires much more than a few gestures.How to turn corporate antiracism from promise to practice|Erin L. Thomas|July 30, 2020|Quartz
In the case of Gardner and Collins, they probably hope these gestures across the aisle will help them in their reelection battles.How Can A Senator Vote With Trump Most Of The Time And Still Be A Moderate?|Seth Masket|July 22, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
This symbolic gesture was accompanied by the construction of town halls and various temples.Ostia Antica: Reconstruction and History of The Harbor City of Ancient Rome|Dattatreya Mandal|April 14, 2020|Realm of History
They could, after all, have just been trying to make a gesture toward inclusiveness.
Induction would be a fitting gesture, even now when the honor would be posthumous.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Warren makes one clearly recognizable gesture to the center, and the centrists make one recognizable gesture to the left.
But the President could easily reposition it as a friendly “pro-gun rights” gesture by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.
Several of them make direct eye contact with Tompkins while others gesture suggestively toward their crotches.Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve|Samantha Allen|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
There was no vivacity in his putty-coloured features, but there were promptitude and decision in every abrupt gesture.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He even fancied that something of challenge flashed from her, though without definite words or gesture.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
In dramatic interpretation the voice is a much more significant feature relatively than is the detail of gesture in pantomime.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick