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manual alphabet

noun
1.
a set of finger configurations corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, used by the deaf in fingerspelling.
Origin of manual alphabet
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • Two of the teachers knew the manual alphabet, and talked to her without an interpreter.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • She is now receiving daily instruction by means of the manual alphabet.

  • Vanin about 1743 instructed some children by means of pictures and a manual alphabet.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • Mr. Gilman read all the papers to me by means of the manual alphabet.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Occasionally some little boy or girl will try to learn the manual alphabet.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • The manual alphabet is that in use among all educated deaf people.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Miss Keller talks to herself absent-mindedly in the manual alphabet.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • He further invented a manual alphabet, which was one of the first of its kind.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • Just here, perhaps, I had better explain our use of the manual alphabet, which seems to puzzle people who do not know us.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Cousin Leonora did not use the manual alphabet; she read the motion of her lips.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock

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