- the technique of communicating by signs made with the fingers, especially in the manual alphabets used by the deaf.
Origin of dactylology
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So long as this is true, dactylology can hardly claim to be more than one of the elements of a system of instruction for the deaf.
- the method of using manual sign language, as in communicating with deaf people
- The use of the fingers and hands to communicate and convey ideas, as in the manual alphabet used by hearing-impaired and speech-impaired people.
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