Gestures are a form of nonverbal communication in which visible bodily actions are used to communicate important messages either in place of speech or together and in parallel with spoken words gestures include movement of the hands face or other parts of the bodyphysical non verbal communication such as purely expressive displays proxemics or displays of joint attention differ from . Noun 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. Noun a movement or position of the hand arm body head or face that is expressive of an idea opinion emotion etc the gestures of an orator a threatening gesture the use of such movements to express thought emotion etc. Hand gestures make people listen to you spencer kelly professor of psychology and neuroscience at colgate university and co director of the schools center for language and brain found that gestures make people pay attention to the acoustics of speech kelly said gestures are not merely add ons to language they may actually be a fundamental part of it
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