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  1. gestures

    A gesture is a form of non-verbal communication or non-vocal communication in which visible bodily actions communicate particular messages, either in place of, or in conjunction with, speech. Gestures include movement of the hands, face, or other parts of the body. Gestures differ from physical non-verbal communication that does not communicate specific messages, such as purely expressive displays, proxemics, or displays of joint attention. Gestures allow individuals to communicate a variety of feelings and thoughts, from contempt and hostility to approval and affection, often together with body language in addition to words when they speak. Gesticulation and speech work independently of each other, but join to provide emphasis and meaning. Gesture processing takes place in areas of the brain such as Broca's and Wernicke's areas, which are used by speech and sign language. In fact, language is thought by some scholars to have evolved in Homo sapiens from an earlier system consisting of manual gestures. The theory that language evolved from manual gestures, termed Gestural Theory, dates back to the work of 18th-century philosopher and priest Abbé de Condillac, and has been revived by contemporary anthropologist Gordon W. Hewes, in 1973, as part of a discussion on the origin of language.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Gestures

    Movement of a part of the body for the purpose of communication.

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  1. gesturesnoun

    Plural noun and verb form of the word gesture.

    His gestures as he spoke to his wife demonstrated his respect, love and tenderness towards her, you could see it in the way he gently rubbed her arm as he listened.


    Submitted by MaryC on May 25, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gestures in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gestures in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gestures in a Sentence

  1. Antonin Artaud:

    The theater, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything -- gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness -- rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires a language to express its manifestations. To break through language in order to touch life is to create or recreate the theatre.

  2. Shaw Air Force Base:

    I know that these are small gestures, given all that's going on in the 20th Fighter Wing, the weight of things that have happened, and all the sacrifices that you and your family make.

  3. Tommy Pham:

    I need to talk to MLB, the vulgarity this year, the gestures, I’ve never seen it at this level. I want to know if this is just because fans have been gone for a year and now they’re back and acting a certain way. That (stuff) shouldn’t be tolerated.

  4. Connor Goldson:

    It never will get eradicated because there are so many token gestures out there, taking a knee — token gesture from the higher authorities to make it look like they are doing something to help.

  5. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner:

    We don’t expect Iran, [in order to get the money released], to make any ‘goodwill’ gestures.

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