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

Examples of manual alphabet in a Sentence

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 20 Jun. 2024.

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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