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gesture

 [jes´cher]
an act made or something said to signify intention or attitude.
suicidal gesture a more serious warning than a suicide threat; it may be followed by a planned suicidal act that attracts attention without seriously injuring the subject.

ges·ture

(jes'chŭr),
1. Any movement expressive of an idea, opinion, or emotion.
2. An act.
[L. gestus, movement, gesture]

gesture

1. A body movement that helps to express or conceal thoughts or emphasize speech. See: body language
2. An act, written or spoken, to indicate a feeling.
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MORE YOUNG PEOPLE SEEM AWARE OF GESTURAL SPIRITUALITY than I would have thought.
An illustrative example is given by Iacono and Parsons (1986), in which the gestural sign teaching by imitation is compared with a hand-guided strategy.
At ground level, and most difficult to retrieve, is that gestural vocabulary least imbued with formal meaning, the habitual body language of a place, time, and social group.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Touch-free gestural interfaces - where the user can control a nearby TV or PC with the "wave of a hand" - will revolutionize the landscape in the "digital living room", much as the Apple[R] iPhone[R] and Nintendo[R] Wii[R] did in their respective markets, says Jim Spare, CEO of 3-D sensor chip pioneer Canesta.
The commoditization of touch interfaces will cause OEMs to deploy gestural recognition as a novel interface for smartphones and tablets.
The authors concluded that their results suggest a common gestural communication system localized in the left hemisphere of the brain that in humans was later "invaded" by vocalization to become language.
While singing a song or reciting a text, they repeat this gestural phrase.
Her gestural pictures--thick with swirls and streaks, and often composed around those central voids or visual maelstroms--stand alongside works that might have descended from those of Hanne Darboven or On Kawara.
Mizukami said that consumers have been increasingly preconditioned to gestural interfaces since they were first widely imagined in Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Minority Report, in which John Anderton operated a complex forensic computer display simply by moving his hands in thin air.
In the study of captive chimpanzees at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Atlanta, Georgia), researchers have suggested that this "hemispheric lateralization" for language may have its evolutionary roots in the gestural communication of our common ancestors.
The facture of the piece--the phrases that seem bound by spun steel--impresses as much as the variety of ensembles and the gestural signposts hung on the structure.
More successful is the two-faced vertical "portrait" painting Janus, 2005, in which a stylized desert plant rendered in creamy yellow, pink, and acid green also reveals itself as a brushy gestural head contained by a thick, cartoonish black outline; the ambiguous gender of the featureless head mirrors the playful disruption of genre expectations engendered by conflating portrait and landscape.