# (a.) Having moral excellence; characterized by morality; upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action.
# (a.) Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave.
# (a.) Possessing or exhibiting virtue.
# (a.) Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.
# (a.) Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent.
"Nothing makes a man so virtuous as belief of the truth. "
1. 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.
2. the use of such movements to express thought, emotion, etc.
3. any action, courtesy, communication, etc., intended for effect or as a formality; considered expression; demonstration: a gesture of friendship.
–verb (used without object)
4. to make or use a gesture or gestures.
–verb (used with object)
5. to express by a gesture or gestures.
1375–1425; late ME < ML gestūra mode of action, manner, bearing, equiv. to L gest(us) ptp. of gerere to bear, carry on, perform + ūra -ure
"Rick made a gesture with his finger pointing to a 1967 Ford truck that he wanted to buy."
1 the strait between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey syn: Hellespont
2 the unsuccessful campaign in World War I (1915) by the English and French to open a passage for aid to Russia; defeated by the Turks syn: Dardanelles campaign
Non-English Usage: "Dardanelles" is also a word in the following languages with English translations in parentheses.
Afrikaan (Dardanelles, Hellespont), French (Dardanelles, Hellespont).
The Australian indie rock band Dardanelles is named after the region.
"His account provides an example of heroism but little else for the study of the Dardanelles Campaign"