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Communication by means of a manual alphabet.

fin′ger·spell′ v.
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Verb1.fingerspell - communicate by means of specific gestures, as an alternative to sign language; "The Deaf often fingerspell"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
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Corinne used the word ardent in an essay, but during our interview she could not identify a similar-meaning word to sign or fingerspell it, so she resorted to pointing at the word on the page.
Interpreter Three: I might have to fingerspell all of the names of the drugs and find out it if there are any signs for them.
It also features a list of tips on how to sign, including how to fingerspell, use numbers, and communicate with deaf people.