[ki-nee-siks, -ziks, kahy-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of body movements, gestures, facial expressions, etc., as a means of communication.
How much talking does your body do?The phrase “body language” or nonverbal communication often gets tossed around. From public speaking to a first date, our movements and facial expressions say a lot about our feelings and intentions. Now, as we enter into political debate season, politicians’ body language will be under just as much scrutiny as their remarks, and if the candidates aren’t careful, they might misspeak without saying a word. …
gesture, nod, signal, sign, token, indication, action, reminder, expression, salute, curtsy, bow, motion, wink, intimation, genuflection, mime, wave, shrug, pantomime
Origin of kinesics
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(functioning as singular) the study of the role of body movements, such as winking, shrugging, etc, in communication
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The study of nonverbal bodily movements, such as gestures and facial expressions, as communication.
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