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American Sign Language

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The primary sign language used by deaf and hearing-impaired people in the United States and Canada, devised in part by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on the basis of sign language in France.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a sign language, used in the United States mostly by the deaf or for communication with the deaf, in which gestures made with the hands symbolize words, alphabetical letters, or ideas, permitting rapid communication in the absence of speech.

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

  • proper noun A language that uses hands, facial expressions, and other bodily behavior to communicate both concrete and abstract ideas; some signs are based on English words, but ASL syntax and grammar are not based on English. ISO 639-3 code: ase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the sign language used in the United States

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