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Meaning of gesture

ges•ture

Pronunciation: (jes'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. 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.
  2. the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
  3. any action, courtesy, communication, etc., intended for effect or as a formality; considered expression; demonstration: a gesture of friendship.
—v.i.
  1. to make or use a gesture or gestures.
—v.t.
  1. to express by a gesture or gestures.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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