from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A part of a dramatic representation shown pantomimically, chiefly for the sake of exhibiting more of the story than could be otherwise included, but sometimes merely emblematical. Dumb-shows were very common in the earlier English dramas.
  • noun Gesture without words; pantomime: as, to tell a story in dumb-show.

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

  • noun Alternative spelling of dumb show.


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