Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science which treats of the rules of pantomimic gesticulation or of significant gesture.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The art of moving the hands in oratory or in pantomime; gesture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete The art of moving the hands in oratory or in pantomime; gesture.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Ancient Greek χειρονομία (kheironomia); from χείρ (kheir, "hand") + νέμω (nemō, "manage").

Examples

  • Based on the method of Solemses as taught by the late Dom Joseph Gajard, the workshop was designed as a series of classes and chant practices for the intermediate/advanced student with special emphasis on Gregorian rhythm, modality, and chironomy.

    Report on ICK chant workshop

  • No need to concern your schola with chironomy right now.

    New Liturgical Movement

  • Not exactly the fluid arsis / thesis Gregorian chant chironomy in which I was trained, but entirely appropriate and providing an entertaining background choreography.)

    Farmboyz / Perge Modo

  • Not exactly the fluid arsis / thesis Gregorian chant chironomy in which I was trained, but entirely appropriate and providing an entertaining background choreography.)

    Farmboyz / Perge Modo

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