finger spelling

noun

Definition of finger spelling 

: the representation of individual letters and numbers using standardized finger positions

called also dactylology

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His fingers spell the word explorer on one side and patience on the other. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Young Riverwest tattoo artist competes on reality show for the title of Ink Master," 16 Jan. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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finger spelling

noun

Medical Definition of finger spelling 

: the representation of individual letters and numbers using standardized finger positions

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