ges·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ je-ˌsti-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce gesticulation (audio) \

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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as the argument grew more heated, his gesticulations got bigger and wilder
Recent Examples on the Web It is also written in his crowded features and high color, the vocal ferocity of his anger, his tendency towards gesticulation, the straying wisps of his white hair. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 In her brash Texas drawl, Jo Harvey laughed about their many near-divorces as Terry observed her gesticulations with a wry smile. John Lingan, Washington Post, "Terry Allen Finally Gets His Due," 29 Jan. 2020 His is an amalgam of swirling turns, more subdued facial expressions, and softer, but equally articulate gesticulations. Lauren Warnecke,, "Review: Natya Dance’s world premiere ‘Inai’ asks, what if there were no differences, racial or otherwise?," 8 Nov. 2019 His intense eyes and demonstrative gesticulation suggest the gregariousness of someone used to managing the front and back of the house. Sameer Rao,, "How the owner of a Baltimore sushi restaurant became a World Series of Poker contender," 28 June 2019 Both operas lend themselves to a cabaret-style presentation, starting with the campy gesticulations of a green-bearded Merlin (the baritone Conor McDonald) from the top level of Julia Noulin-Mérat’s whimsical two-tiered set. Washington Post, "At Wolf Trap Opera, Gluck and Ullman make for strange bedfellows," 27 June 2019 Postmodern architecture had always gestured toward the antique past, usually in a mode of acerbic or calculatingly boisterous irony, but Kuma’s wild gesticulations in M2 were grotesque and overwhelming. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future," 15 Feb. 2018 The Yell Leaders, male cheerleaders who wear white coveralls and communicate in a series of chants and gesticulation only Aggies understand, can inspire more than 100,000 people to shake Kyle Field. Andy Staples,, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of gesticulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gesticulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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