ges·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ je-ˌsti-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of gesticulation 

1 : the act of making gestures
2 : gesture especially : an expressive gesture made in showing strong feeling or in enforcing an argument

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Synonyms for gesticulation


gesture, mime, pantomime, sign, signal

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Examples of gesticulation in a Sentence

as the argument grew more heated, his gesticulations got bigger and wilder

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Soon after the French referee, Clement Turpin, turned his attentions to the Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone, dismissing him too, after a barrage of gesticulations from the technical area., "Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Griezmann Strikes Late to Earn Away Goal & Hand Atleti Advantage," 26 Apr. 2018 Not a minute later, Curry was driving hard through traffic, punctuating a floater with gesticulations to the baseline crowd and a rare profanity. Ben Golliver,, "James Harden’s Reputation Hangs on His Response to Steph Curry’s ‘Haymaker’," 21 May 2018 Point it at a scene, twist the lens to turn it on, and the A.I. looks for criteria culled from years of data analysis—smiles, gesticulation, a pet entering the frame. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Google's A.I. Camera Shoots What You'd Miss," 24 Apr. 2018 Whilst their country's footballing representatives were remonstrating, their footballing emissary, Prince Fahid, displayed his own disproval with frenetic gesticulation from the stands., "World Cup Countdown: 9 Weeks to Go - Prince Fahid's Stunning Intervention for Kuwait Against France," 22 Apr. 2018 And his constant movement and gesticulation proved less distracting there than in smaller auditoriums. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Unlikely Pairing Turns to Intense Affinity at Carnegie," 7 Feb. 2018 Most of the jeeps erupted in shouts and wild gesticulations. Lini S. Kadaba,, "On Indian safari, seeking a tiger for the tale," 6 Oct. 2017 Mark Warren The unmistakable Sanders gesticulation, Little Opera House, late August. M. Scott Brauer, Esquire, "What I Saw Trailing Candidates for 5 Months in New Hampshire," 9 Feb. 2016 Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director who has perfected the art of Trump-like gesticulation, arrived at the White House with a mandate to plug the leaks that have so infuriated the president over the last few months. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Scaramucci Begins Staff Purge in Effort to Stop Leaks," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of gesticulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gesticulation was in the 15th century

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