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American sign language: a language in which meaning is conveyed by hand gestures and their position in relation to the upper part of the body. Abbreviation: ASL
[C20: from Ame(rican) s(ign) lan(guage)]
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
an acronym for the American Sign Language for the Deaf, a system of communication through gestures and hand signals.See also: Deafness