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.
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2000) studied the expressive gestures in young children who were congenitally blind and found that they more often gestured in near space because of vision loss and used early speech when their sighted counterparts used gestures.
An observer viewpoint gestured "excludes the speaker's body from the gesture space and his hands play the part of the character as a whole" (p.
However, the more obvious contrasts were in movement facility and performance quality, as the ensemble, comprised of advanced students, has not attained Dey's level of deportment, gestured refinement and projection.
Although the man in the video did not have a beard, Dr Gurney found that the interviewees were three times more likely to recall seeing a beard when one was gestured to them, than those interviewees who were not gestured to.