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Definition a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words

More rarely, pantomime, especially if qualified as Christmas pantomime can reference a humorous form of British theatre; or an ancient Roman type of theatre or the non-speaking actor it featured. On rare occasions, you may see the expression pantomime horse that refers to a horse costume worn by two people.
  • Though she didn't speak Chinese, she was able to pantomime her meaning.
pantomime = express through gestures and body movements (without words)
  • A pantomime artist entertained us while we waited in line.
  • pantomime = a performance that uses gestures and body movements without words
  • But Lennie made an elaborate pantomime of innocence. "What mouse, George? I ain't got no mouse."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • pantomime = expression of something through gestures of the body
  • It seems advisable that at the opening of the play where the audience is first introduced to pantomime and imaginary props, that Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb in the preparation of breakfast perform much of their business with their backs to the audience, and do not distract and provoke its attention with too distinct and perhaps puzzling a picture of the many operations of coffee-grinding, porridge-stirring, etc.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • pantomime = a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements
  • So I glanced at my wrist watch, brought my hand dramatically to my mouth as though remembering something urgent and important, repeated the pantomime in case anybody had missed it, and with this tacit explanation started briskly back toward the center of the school.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • pantomime = an expression of something through gestures and body movements (without words)
  • I expressed in pantomime the greatest astonishment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • pantomime = gestures and body movements (without words)
  • He could only pantomime, hoping she would turn his way and see him.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • pantomime = communicate through gestures and body movements (without words)
  • "I understand," said Monte Cristo, well acquainted with Ali's pantomime; "you mean to tell me that three female attendants await their new mistress in her sleeping-chamber."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • pantomime = communication through gestures and body movements (without words)
  • And he rubbed his big frog-like hands together as if he were talking of going to a party or a pantomime.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • pantomime = a performance of something through gestures and body movements without words
  • (He ... pantomimes someone over an operating table) I can just see that chick someday looking down at some poor cat on an operating table and before she starts to slice him, she says . . .
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • pantomimes = a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
  • Chix Verbil's pantomime antics provided the perfect cover for a spot of pilfering.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He could almost have believed that it was the very perfection of the magician's pantomime that made the chair rise.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • "My business here was principally with the Quartermaster," Cap continued, as soon as he had done regarding the prisoner's pantomime.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • A burst of childish laughter greets my blunder, and the pantomime begins all over again.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Her pantomime of his action suggests a man pursuing something on the ground before him and striking at it ever and again with his walking-stick.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Gavroche, as he sang, was lavish of his pantomime.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She made me do six months of pantomime.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He understood this pantomime.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The three syllables of this charade were to be depicted in pantomime, and the performance took place in the following wise: First syllable.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was too far to hear a word, but I had no doubt that this pantomime could only refer to the strange new captain.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer

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