American Sign Language

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American Sign Language

n. Abbr. ASL
The primary sign language used by deaf and hearing-impaired people in the United States and Canada, devised in part by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on the basis of sign language in France. Also called Ameslan.

American sign language

See Ameslan

Amer′ican Sign′ Lan`guage

a visual-gesture language, having its own semantic and syntactic structure, used by deaf people in the U.S. and English-speaking parts of Canada. Abbr.: ASL
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Noun1.American Sign Language - the sign language used in the United StatesAmerican sign language - the sign language used in the United States
finger alphabet, manual alphabet - an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by finger positions
sign language, signing - language expressed by visible hand gestures
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