manual alphabet
manual alphabet manual alphabet 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}.

Syn: finger alphabet. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • manual alphabet — n an alphabet esp. for the deaf in which letters are represented by finger positions and that is used in finger spelling …   Medical dictionary

  • manual alphabet — n. a system of communication, esp. one for deaf persons, in which positions of the fingers indicate the letters of the alphabet …   English World dictionary

  • manual alphabet — noun an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by finger positions • Syn: ↑finger alphabet • Hypernyms: ↑alphabet • Part Holonyms: ↑ASL, ↑American sign language …   Useful english dictionary

  • manual alphabet — /mænjuəl ˈælfəbɛt/ (say manyoohuhl alfuhbet) noun a system of representing the letters of an alphabet by forming shapes with the hands, most commonly with one hand (as in sign languages used in France, America, Ireland, etc.) or with two hands… …   Australian English dictionary

  • manual alphabet — noun Date: circa 1864 an alphabet especially for the deaf in which the letters are represented by finger positions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • manual alphabet — a set of finger configurations corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, used by the deaf in fingerspelling. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • manual alphabet — noun An alphabet whose letters are represented by positions of the hand and fingers …   Wiktionary

  • manual alphabet — hand signals that represent the letters of the alphabet used by the deaf …   English contemporary dictionary

  • manual alphabet — noun another term for finger alphabet …   English new terms dictionary

  • manual alphabet — man′ual al′phabet art at mantissa n. ling. a set of finger configurations corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, used by the deaf in fingerspelling • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

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