gestural

adjective
ges·​tur·​al | \ ˈjes-chə-rəl How to pronounce gestural (audio) , ˈjesh- \

Definition of gestural

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of gestures
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by vigorous application of paint and expressive brushwork gestural expressionism

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Other Words from gestural

gesturally \ ˈjes-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce gesturally (audio) , ˈjesh-​ \ adverb

Examples of gestural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His idea isn’t feasible on its own, and is largely considered a gestural idea toward the possibility for new solutions with existing technology. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk's Plan for One Giant Solar Farm Is a Little Insane, but Not Completely Insane," 10 Dec. 2019 There’s a striking contrast between the messy patterns of the finger marks, which recall the gestural language of Abstract-Expressionist paintings, and the cool, affectless distance of the underlying images. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren’s ‘Surface Tension’ explores power of touch at Transformer Station," 17 Nov. 2019 And Schmidt stages the numbers with a lovely simplicity, embellished with expressive gestural choreography by Jeff and Rick Kuperman. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Hers is rich in gestural storytelling, dynamic facial expressions and percussive, staccato footwork. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Natya Dance’s world premiere ‘Inai’ asks, what if there were no differences, racial or otherwise?," 8 Nov. 2019 But as a conductor Schiff affects no airs; his gestural vocabulary feels of a piece with his pianism. BostonGlobe.com, "With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 DeFeo typically clusters her gestural geometry within larger fields of color, although texture dominates these bracing works. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Jay DeFeo show offers a provocative sketch of a California artist finding her voice," 17 Aug. 2019 The most popular emojis tend to be gestural: faces, hearts, and hands. Sophie Haigney, The New Yorker, "Should There Be an Emoji for Everything?," 22 July 2019 However exquisite their design, gestural interfaces like that on the iPhone X are hardly natural or neutral. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of gestural

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gestural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gestural. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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