manual alphabet

noun

: an alphabet especially for the deaf in which the letters are represented by finger positions

Illustration of manual alphabet

Illustration of manual alphabet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Épée adapted these signs and added his own manual alphabet, creating a signing dictionary. National Geographic, 28 May 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manual alphabet was circa 1864

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“Manual alphabet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manual%20alphabet. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

manual alphabet

noun

: an alphabet especially for the deaf in which letters are represented by finger positions and that is used in finger spelling
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