sign language


  • One of several natural languages, typically used by the deaf, in which words consist of hand shapes, motions, positions, and facial expressions.
  • The sign language (sense 1) that is used locally or that is mistakenly believed to be the only one.
  • Sign languages (sense 1) considered collectively.
  • Communication through gestures as a substitute for language, for example, between monks under a vow of silence or during trade amongst different linguistic groups.

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