manual alphabet


Definition of manual alphabet

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Épée adapted these signs and added his own manual alphabet, creating a signing dictionary. National Geographic, "How monks helped invent sign language," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of manual alphabet

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Manual alphabet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of manual alphabet

: 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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