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 for dumb show
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dumb \Dumb\, a. [AS. dumb; akin to D. dom stupid, dumb, Sw.
     dumb, Goth. dumbs; cf. Gr. ? blind. See Deaf, and cf.
     1. Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter
        articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes.
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              To unloose the very tongues even of dumb creatures.
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     2. Not willing to speak; mute; silent; not speaking; not
        accompanied by words; as, dumb show.
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              This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him. --Shak.
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              To pierce into the dumb past.         -- J. C.
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     3. Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color. [R.]
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              Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color.
                                                    --De Foe.
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     Deaf and dumb. See Deaf-mute.
     Dumb ague, or Dumb chill, a form of intermittent fever
        which has no well-defined "chill." [U.S.]
     Dumb animal, any animal except man; -- usually restricted
        to a domestic quadruped; -- so called in contradistinction
        to man, who is a "speaking animal."
     Dumb cake, a cake made in silence by girls on St. Mark's
        eve, with certain mystic ceremonies, to discover their
        future husbands. --Halliwell.
     Dumb cane (Bot.), a west Indian plant of the Arum family
        ({Dieffenbachia seguina), which, when chewed, causes the
        tongue to swell, and destroys temporarily the power of
     Dumb crambo. See under crambo.
     Dumb show.
        (a) Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown
            in pantomime. "Inexplicable dumb shows and noise."
        (b) Signs and gestures without words; as, to tell a story
            in dumb show.
     To strike dumb, to confound; to astonish; to render silent
        by astonishment; or, it may be, to deprive of the power of
     Syn: Silent; speechless; noiseless. See Mute.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "dumb show":
     acting, aping, bearing, beck, beckon, body language, carriage,
     characterization, charade, chironomy, dactylology,
     deaf-and-dumb alphabet, embodiment, enacting, enactment,
     gesticulation, gesture, gesture language, hand signal, imitation,
     impersonation, incarnation, kinesics, masquerade, mimesis,
     mimicking, mimicry, miming, motion, movement, pantomime,
     pantomiming, performance, performing, personation, personification,
     playing, poise, portrayal, pose, posing, posture, shrug,
     sign language, stance

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