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.
Just after dismissal from morning circle, Colin gestured with his hand under his nose (a motor reenactment of the same hand position used when he held the cinnamon bottle under his nose).