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Encyclopedia > Nod (gesture)

A nod of the head is a gesture used in many cultures that is most commonly, but not universally, used to indicate agreement, acceptance, or acknowledgement. "Nod" or "nodding" can also be used as a slang term to describe the physiological side effect related to consuming heroin or other opiates. Casual heroin users tend to nod as they drift between sleep and consciousness. For other uses of the word head, see head (disambiguation). ... Military signalmen use hand and body gestures to direct flight operations aboard aircraft carriers. ... Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning to cultivate), generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. ... Look up Agreement in Wiktionary, the free dictionary An agreement may be an agreement in beliefs, rules, practices (policies), or conduct. ... Acceptance, in spirituality, mindfulness, and human psychology, usually refers to the experience of a situation without an intention to change that situation. ... Look up Acknowledgement on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Did you mean to spell: acknowledgment? Explanatory Detail Acknowledgement may refer to— Acknowledgment an expression of recognition, understanding, or truth of something, as well as a statement of gratitude. ... Physiology (in Greek physis = nature and logos = word) is the study of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of living organisms. ... Heroin ((INN) Diacetylmorphine , (BAN) diamorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid. ... An opioid is any agent that binds to opioid receptors found principally in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. ... Sleep is the state of natural rest observed in most mammals, birds, fish, as well as invertebrates such as the fruitfly Drosophila. ... Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ...


Nodding to indicate acceptance

Different cultures assign different meanings to the gesture. Nodding to indicate "yes" is widespread, and appears in a large number of diverse cultural and linguistic groups. Areas in which nodding generally takes this meaning include Indian Subcontinent, Western Europe, and North America. Nodding may also be used as a sign of recognition in some areas. Current distribution of Human Language Families A language family is a group of languages related by descent from a common proto-language. ... Satellite image of the Indian subcontinent Map of South Asia (see note) This article deals with the geophysical region in Asia. ... A common post-WWII understanding of Western Europe Western Europe in its most common understanding is a socio-political concept coined and used during the Cold War. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


There are varying theories as to why nodding is so frequently used to mean "yes". One simple theory is that it is a form of bowing, indicating that one is prepared to accept what another person is saying or requesting. It has also been stated[citation needed] that babies, when hungry, search for their mother's milk by moving their heads vertically, but decline milk by turning their head from side to side. This has led some to speculate that nodding for "yes" is at least partially innate, although an explanation for some cultures' divergence would then be required. Bowing is the act of lowering the head, or sometimes the entire upper body from the waist, as a social gesture. ... A human infant The word Infant derives from the Latin in-fans, meaning unable to speak. ...

An early survey of nodding and other gestures was The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, written by Charles Darwin in 1872. Darwin wrote to missionaries in many parts of the world asking for information on local gestures, and concluded that nodding for "yes" was common to many different groups. For other people of the same surname, and places and things named after Charles Darwin, see Darwin. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A missionary is a propagator of religion, often an evangelist or other representative of a religious community who works among those outside of that community. ...

Nodding to indicate rejection

In some countries (Bulgaria and Sri Lanka) nodding actually has the opposite meaning: "no". It is possible that with the spread of Western culture, the Western use of the gesture has supplanted local usage in certain places. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Western World. ...

Nod of acknowledgement

The nod of acknowledgement is a slight nod of the head in either a slight upwards or slight downwards motion. Despite the fact that the nod of acknowledgement is generally used among males, there are women that choose this method of acknowledgement over the standard verbal greeting or a simple wave of the hand. Although this may seem like a simple gesture there are many nuances that can either make an exchange or break it.

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