Specific gestures can indicate particular moods.
His arm was raised in a gesture of defiance. Verb
She gestured towards the fireplace.
He gestured at his audience.
The room was filled with angry people shouting and gesturing.
He gestured to his partner to leave. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Nearly all the elements in the spare, looping display are abstract, reducing the human body to a gesture, a memory, a presence more spiritual than physical.—Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2023 Savino made a half-joking face palm gesture when asked about Bona’s struggles.—Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Show Appreciation All Year While holiday gestures are important, consistent appreciation throughout the year is even more crucial.—Curt Steinhorst, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 On Father's Day, just before their 2020 wedding, Samantha made a special gesture to celebrate their impending union.—Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 This camera can also be used to detect gestures—just hold your palm up at the camera to pause music.—Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 The execs chuckled at the gesture but refused to put on the T-shirts, leaving only Friedman and Ullman to wear them.—Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 Learn how to set up the double tap gesture on your phone and watch here.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2023 The survey results show that participants perceived the approach using hand gestures to be faster but also a bit more mentally taxing to use and slightly less accurate than selecting from the menu.—IEEE Spectrum, 22 Nov. 2023
In the lobby of the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA shelter in Pomona, Nikole Bresciani gestured toward rows of kennels erected a few months ago to house an influx of stray cats.—Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 But regardless of the outcome, the accusations leveled via the cases gesture to themes that have defined the latest chapter in crypto’s short history: chicanery and profiteering, concealed by a veneer of decentralization.—Joel Khalili, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Granted, the New Jersey and Virginia results do seem to gesture in the right general direction.—Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Parker gestured toward Bill McKinney, of New Kensington Community Development Corporation, and Casey O’Donnell, of Impact Services.—Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2023 And attendees broadly agreed that engagement would need to address core issues and not just gesture at jobs.—Justin Worland, TIME, 23 Oct. 2023 Nelles asked, gesturing to the grandstanding of the Republican hard-liners who triggered McCarthy’s ouster.—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 When Pinkerton is not in a scene, the singer who plays him often hovers to the side, gesturing and twitching in an indolent trance.—Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 Alicia gestured wildly at Fred to turn down the TV.—Eli Hager, ProPublica, 16 Oct. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gestura mode of action, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere