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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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We do not hear the four components individually at all; Nancarrow deploys them mel odically and gesturally so as to create the effect of a compound canonic voice consisting of a melody and bass line.
However, while Michelangelo's Eve -- the subject of Boyle's second section -- is depicted with her palms together and raised before God alone in a gesture of distinct and prayerful submission, "[i]t is the Creator to whom [Eve] relates posturally and gesturally, ignoring Adam who slumbers unconscious in her presence" (107).
Exploring all the nuances of meaning within its title, Play is gesturally built, its orchestral sound surprisingly dense at times, but its begu iling textures always clearly imagined.
This way of expressing emotion gesturally corresponds to a nicety with the beginning of the battle-scene as rendered in the same song two stanzas above (and quoted as text 4c above).
Through the 1970s, Ferneyhough's style evolved from a fragmented "parametric polyphony" (i.e., the independent control of musical sound's various qualities - a legacy of postwar serialism) to a somewhat more traditional sounding, gesturally oriented surface.
Another technique that combines WIMP and post-WIMP to "get the interface out of your face" (as Bill Buxton calls his crusade) is the use of "marking menus," a modern form of multilevel radial menus for which the user can exploit muscle memory and perform menu selection gesturally with a mouse or stylus without having the menu actually appear [3].
Young wishes to put together, if only gesturally, out of these influences is so much smaller than the real, living Europe.
Nowhere in the Storia does Manzoni deny that considerations of political authority and domination, of class interest and the need to find sacrificial victims to quell social unrest, underlie and motivate the judges' actions.(21) Indeed, his decision to leave the judges nameless, not to individuate them biographically, psychologically, or gesturally but to let them speak only as functions of the inquisitorial machinery, prohibits us from reading them as anything but the anonymous representatives of a specific political formation.
Meanwhile, the paint in Berkeley #21 and #44, often gesturally amorphous, adumbrates the flatness rather than denying it.
Erwin Panofsky's comment on Renaissance theory of perspective is to the point here: "For perspective is by nature a two-edged sword: it creates room for bodies to expand plastically and move gesturally, and yet at the same time it enables light to spread out in space and in a painterly way dissolve the bodies....
In painting a hard-edged representation of his gesturally stroked style she parodied it as a sign of true feeling.