Dropping off home-cooked meals was a very nice gesture.
That was a nice gesture on someone's part.
Jackson held Sarah's hand as a gesture of comfort.
Inviting Alex to visit this farm sounded more like a payback than a gesture of appreciation.
They often reach distinction and dignity of attitude and gesture, and occasionally, as in the "Hercules and Death," the "Electra" and the "Clytemnestra," a noble intensity of feeling.
He pointed as it were with a side gesture beyond the limits which he himself had drawn."
Communication by gesture-signs, between persons unable to converse in vocal language, is an effective system of expression common to all mankind.
Thus, the signs used to ask a deaf and dumb child about his meals and lessons, or to communicate with a savage met in the desert about game or enemies, belong to codes of gesture-signals identical in principle, and to a great extent independent both of nationality and education; there is even a natural syntax, or order of succession, in such gesturesigns.
And imitative sounds to represent the cat's mew, the click of a trigger, the clap or thud of a blow, &c. The total result of this combination of gesture and significant sound will be a general system of expression, imperfect but serviceable, and naturally intelligible to all mankind without distinction of race.
It is true that to some extent these means of utterance are common to the lower animals, the power of expressing emotion by cries and tones extending far down in the scale of animal life, while rudimentary gesture-signs are made by various mammals and birds.
" one man," means 20, &c., &c. The existence of such expressions demonstrates that the people who use them had originally no spoken names for these numbers, but once merely counted them by gesture on their fingers and toes in low savage fashion, till they obtained higher numerals by the inventive process of describing in words these counting-gestures.
"Milk," with a gesture means, "Give me more milk."
After the illness, when they were dependent on signs, Helen's tendency to gesture developed.
With his left hand he drew Bagration toward him, and with his right, on which he wore a ring, he made the sign of the cross over him with a gesture evidently habitual, offering his puffy cheek, but Bagration kissed him on the neck instead.
He took the guitar a little above the fingerboard, arching his left elbow with a somewhat theatrical gesture, and, with a wink at Anisya Fedorovna, struck a single chord, pure and sonorous, and then quietly, smoothly, and confidently began playing in very slow time, not My Lady, but the well-known song: Came a maiden down the street.
"I shan't be violent, don't be afraid!" said Pierre in answer to a frightened gesture of Anatole's.
At a single gesture from him everyone went out on tiptoe, leaving the great man to himself and his emotion.
"Take him away!" he said, pointing with a gracefully majestic gesture to the portrait.
On seeing the count the major- domo made a significant and stern gesture to them both to go away.
The captain made a gesture signifying that even if he did not understand it he begged Pierre to continue.