from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An alphabet used for communication by hearing-impaired people in which finger positions represent the letters.
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- n. An alphabet whose letters are represented by positions of the hand and fingers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An alphabet of signs made by movement of the hands, used by the deaf; in it letters are represented by finger positions. See dactylology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by finger positions
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I can remember the time before I learned to speak, and how I used to struggle to express my thoughts by means of the manual alphabet – how my thoughts used to beat against my finger tips like little birds striving to gain their freedom, until one day Miss Fuller opened wide the prison-door and let them escape.
Once a friend who was learning the manual alphabet kept making "g," which is like the hand of a sign-post, for "h," which is made with two fingers extended.
In the very nature of things, articulation is an unsatisfactory means of education; while the use of the manual alphabet quickens and invigorates mental activity, since through it the deaf child is brought into close contact with the English language, and the highest and most abstract ideas may be conveyed to the mind readily and accurately.