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sign language

noun
1.
Also called sign. any of several visual-gestural systems of communication, especially employing manual gestures, as used among deaf people.
2.
any means of communication, as between speakers of different languages, using gestures.
Origin of sign language
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • Then this isn't the first time you have talked with him in sign language.

  • I had let her go in order to make the sign language, for I had but a few words of their tongue.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • 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
  • In my predicament, however, I soon learned the sign language.

    In the Flash Ranging Service Edward Alva Trueblood
  • 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

noun
1.
another word for signing
2.
any system of communication by manual signs or gestures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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