gesture


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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.
References in classic literature ?
I know how to live with that dear darling creature; I comprehend her madness, I watch her gestures, I know her secrets.
Then there was established between them a strange dialogue of signs and gestures, for neither of them spoke.
He went up to him quickly, received the comte in his arms, and as they were not yet sufficiently distant from the house for the servants, who had remained at the door to watch their master's departure, not to perceive the disorder in the usually regular proceeding of the comte, the valet called his comrades by gestures and voice, and all hastened to his assistance.
he said, pointing with a gracefully majestic gesture to the portrait.
cried all the boys, but with a magnificent gesture Peter invited his opponent to pick up his sword.
She shook herself free with a little gesture of annoyance.
It would have softened the heart of any Napoleon, and the Little Corporal proved himself a man by relenting, and saying, with a lofty gesture of forgiveness
Monsieur de Marquet, with a nervous gesture, caressed his beard into a point, and explained to Rouletabille, in a few words, that he was too modest an author to desire that the veil of his pseudonym should be publicly raised, and that he hoped the enthusiasm of the journalist for the dramatist's work would not lead him to tell the public that Monsieur "Castigat Ridendo" and the examining magistrate of Corbeil were one and the same person.
As he attempted to rise, she made a gesture of remonstrance.
She was silent for a little, thinking of herself, of her own grief in her family, and all at once, with an impulsive movement, she raised her head and clasped her hands with an imploring gesture.
The Prince spread out his hands - a deprecating gesture.
He struck the deck with his long staff; the gold head flashed like a falling star; very close behind him a silent old fellow in a richly embroidered black jacket alone of all the Malays around did not follow the masterful gesture with a look.