from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The use of the fingers and hands to communicate and convey ideas, as in the manual alphabet used by hearing-impaired and speech-impaired people.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The use of the fingers and hands to communicate ideas, especially by the deaf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of communicating ideas by certain movements and positions of the fingers; -- a method of conversing practiced by the deaf and dumb.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of communicating ideas or conversing by the fingers; the language of the deaf and dumb. See deafmute.
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The most interesting thing I learned from this very exceptional woman (who is deaf since birth and has two hearing children), and spoke like you and I, was a special request she made, that cell phone manufacturers integrate “dactylology” or signwriting, the digital version of sign language which is widely available for computer keyboards.
It happened that the doctor, who knew everything, was well acquainted with dactylology and the latest sign language, used in the instruction of deaf mutes, and as it seemed likely that our stay in our present abode might be
It would seem even less practicable than a sole reliance upon dactylology would be, for there can be no doubt as to what
There are the same obstacles in the use of the written or printed word as have been mentioned in connection with dactylology, namely, lack of rapidity in conveying impressions through the medium of the English sentence.
What advantage is there, not found in the prevailing methods of communication with the deaf, i.e., by gestures, dactylology, speech and speech-reading, and writing?
To the general public, dactylology or finger spelling is the sign-language, or the basis of that language, but to the profession there is no relation between the two methods of communication.
So long as this is true, dactylology can hardly claim to be more than one of the _elements_ of a system of instruction for the deaf.
Signs, dactylology, speech reading, and the written and printed word are all dependent upon the eye for their value as educational instruments.
They pressed hands at parting, firmly and briefly, not for the ordinary dactylology of lovers, but in sign of the treaty of amity.
a less complex mechanism in the one case and a more systematic grouping of the alphabet in the other, would lead us to expect a more rapid means of communication than is ordinarily acquired by dactylology, speech (by the deaf), or writing.