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sign language

Also called sign. any of several visual-gestural systems of communication, especially employing manual gestures, as used among deaf people.
any means of communication, as between speakers of different languages, using gestures.
Origin of sign language
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then this isn't the first time you have talked with him in sign language.

  • In my predicament, however, I soon learned the sign language.

    In the Flash Ranging Service Edward Alva Trueblood
  • It has been sought thus to give all the schools over to the oral method, and summarily to drive out the sign language.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • I tried hard to teach her my sign language, but she was dull and inattentive.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • You ought to have seen how his face lighted up when he told me in sign language that she could see now just as well as any one.

British Dictionary definitions for sign language

sign language

another word for signing
any system of communication by manual signs or gestures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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