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 gestural (audio) , ˈjesh-​ \ adverb

Examples of gestural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The papers acted as a substrate onto which Venson, who is trained as a fine artist, overpainted layers of gestural brushstrokes. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, "An Iconic Wallpaper Design, Artfully Reimagined for a New Era," 25 Mar. 2021 Kentridge’s distinctive, gestural charcoal swipes brought kinetic life to the set itself. Globe Staff,, "At the ICA, William Kentridge explodes the popular narrative on World War I," 19 Nov. 2020 Of course, Microsoft is not the only gaming company exploring gestural interfaces. Susan Kuchinskas, Scientific American, "Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360," 7 Jan. 2010 At 94 years old, Wimberley is still uncovering surprises in an expanding body of work infused with bold colors and dramatic, gestural strokes. Troy Mcmullen, ABC News, "Artist Frank Wimberley, at 94, is still full of surprises," 2 Mar. 2021 Another gestural command involves using voice to drive TalkBack. Steven Aquino, Forbes, "Google Announces Redesigned TalkBack Screen Reader For Android," 25 Feb. 2021 The two earliest works here, which include the show’s namesake, are gestural in the manner of abstract expressionism. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA," 20 Nov. 2020 In the midst of a pandemic and a recession, when the ugly words and spasmodic evil deeds and gestural politics of an unfit president have led many to despair, the country may seem wide open to every kind of change. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, "Is America Ungovernable?," 27 Oct. 2020 In that room, the walls are painted with gestural daubs of indigo, Delft and robin’s-egg blues, spangled with glimpses of canary-yellow wallpaper underneath, the same that still hangs in the ground-floor bathroom. Michael Snyder, New York Times, "In the Heart of Mexico City, an Ever-Evolving Townhouse," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of gestural

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gestural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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