gesture

(redirected from gestural)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Though the paintings are thoroughly entrenched in AbEx, when Huang moves off the canvas and begins realizing her gestural marks in other media, she invariably situates herself within another, more recent spectrum of art practices: those that seek to explore the effects of consumer digital technology.
Externally layering colors when doing gestural art works is opposed to his internal digging of colors when making his "controlled artworks".
The goal of the previous chapters appears to be largely chapter 5, "The Gestural Performative: Locating Agency in the Work of Judith Butler and Frantz Fanon," in which Noland attempts to take to task Butler's views on the construction and gendering of the subject by suggesting Butler does not adequately account for the centrality of kinesthetic experience in the generation of the (gendered and raced) subject, and that she refuses to distinguish between "bodily gestures" and "discursive acts" (189).
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.
Some reasons are intrinsic to gestural communication:
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.
Pils has painted gestural lines into the transparent white; they are so delicate as to change the impression of fluid abstraction into something botanical.
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.
Both the nature of the site and the presence of an original structure gave rise to a more nuanced strategy of restatement and consolidation, as opposed to simply introducing a gestural, object building.