Etymology
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gesture (n.)

early 15c., "manner of carrying the body," from Medieval Latin gestura "bearing, behavior, mode of action," from Latin gestus "gesture, carriage, posture" (see gest). Restricted sense of "a movement of the body or a part of it, intended to express a thought or feeling," is from 1550s; figurative sense of "action undertaken in good will to express feeling" is from 1916.

gesture (v.)

1540s, from gesture (n.). Related: Gestured; gesturing.

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Definitions of gesture
1
gesture (n.)
motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling;
gesture (n.)
the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals;
Synonyms: motion
gesture (n.)
something done as an indication of intention;
a gesture of defiance
a political gesture
2
gesture (v.)
show, express or direct through movement;
He gestured his desire to leave
Synonyms: gesticulate / motion
From wordnet.princeton.edu