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Ges"ture (?), n. [LL. gestura mode of action, fr. L. gerere, gestum, to bear, behave, perform, act. See Gest a deed.]


Manner of carrying the body; position of the body or limbs; posture.


Accubation, or lying down at meals, was a gesture used by many nations. Sir T. Browne.


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.


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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.


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Ges"ture, v. i.

To make gestures; to gesticulate.

The players . . . gestured not undecently withal. Holland.


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