gesture NOUN 1) a movement of part of the body to express an idea or meaning. 2) an action performed to convey one's feelings or intentions. 3) an action performed for show in the knowledge that it will have no effect.
VERB make a gesture.
DERIVATIVES gestural adjective.
ORIGIN Latin gestura, from gerere 'bear, wield, perform' .

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