3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pantomime \Pan"to*mime\, adjective Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic; as, a pantomime dance. Pantomimic

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pantomime \Pan"to*mime\, noun [F., fr. L. pantomimus, Gr. ?, lit., all-imitating; pa^s, panto's, all + ? to imitate: cf. It. pantomimo. See {Mimic}.]

1. A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor. [Obs.]

2. One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist; a mime.

[He] saw a pantomime perform so well that he could follow the performance from the action alone. --Tylor.

3. A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; a depiction of an event, narrative, or situation using only gestures and bodily movements, without speaking; hence, dumb show, generally. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a performance using gestures and body movements without words [syn: {mime}, {pantomime}, {dumb show}]


1: act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only; "The acting students mimed eating an apple" [syn: {mime}, {pantomime}]

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