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Chironomy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chironomy The art of moving the hands in oratory or in pantomime; gesture
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chironomy The science which treats of the rules of pantomimic gesticulation or of significant gesture.
    • n chironomy Specifically The art of indicating a melody to a choir by motions of the hands, instead of by printed or written notes. This method of conducting was common in the early Western Church.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; chei`r hand + to manage