1. Manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture. [Obs.]
Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture used by many nations. --Sir T. Browne.
2. A motion of the body or limbs expressive of sentiment or passion; any action or posture intended to express an idea or a passion, or to enforce or emphasize an argument, assertion, or opinion.
Humble and reverent gestures. --Hooker.
Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love. --Milton.
Ges·ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gestured p. pr. & vb. n. Gesturing.] To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action; to gesticulate.
It is not orderly read, nor gestured as beseemeth. --Hooker.
Ges·ture, v. i. To make gestures; to gesticulate.
The players . . . gestured not undecently withal. --Holland.
n 1: motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a
thought or feeling
2: the use of movements (especially of the hands) to
communicate familiar or prearranged signals [syn: motion]
3: something done as an indication of intention; "a political
gesture"; "a gesture of defiance"
v : show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his
desire to leave" [syn: gesticulate, motion]