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- n. Palm reading.
- n. The use of the manual alphabet; signing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art or practice of using the manual alphabet or of communicating thoughts by sings made by the hands and fingers; a substitute for spoken or written language in intercourse with the deaf and dumb. See dactylalogy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or practice of using the manual alphabet—that is, of communicating thoughts by signs made with the hands and fingers, as by deaf-mutes. See deaf-mute. Also chirologia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
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Someone should investigate, using the tools of chirology.
In France and later in England, with help from the Quakers and various prominent individuals, she began researching and writing books on chirology.
Around the same time, she became interested in sexology, psychotherapy, and chirology or hand reading.
Now with this man alone, sufficient for supplying all their places, will that great inconveniency hereafter be totally removed; seeing he is such a fine gesticulator, and in the practice of chirology an artist so complete, expert, and dexterous, that with his very fingers he doth speak.
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