noun /ˌdæktəlˈɑlədʒi/
The use of the fingers and hands to communicate ideas, especially by the deaf.

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  • Dactylology — Dac tyl*ol o*gy, n. [Gr. da ktylos finger + logy.] The art of communicating ideas by certain movements and positions of the fingers; a method of conversing practiced by the deaf and dumb. [1913 Webster] Note: There are two different manual… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dactylology — [dak΄təläl′ə jē] n. [ DACTYLO + LOGY] the use of a finger alphabet, as among deaf mutes …   English World dictionary

  • dactylology — noun Date: circa 1656 finger spelling …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dactylology — /dak teuh lol euh jee/, n., pl. dactylologies. the technique of communicating by signs made with the fingers, esp. in the manual alphabets used by the deaf. [1650 60; DACTYLO + LOGY] * * * …   Universalium

  • dactylology — The use of the finger alphabet in communicating. SYN: cheirology, chirology. [dactylo + G. logos, word] * * * dac·ty·lol·o·gy .dak tə läl ə jē n, pl gies finger spelling * * * n. the representation of speech by finger movements: sign language. *… …   Medical dictionary

  • dactylology — study of sign language Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • dactylology — n. sign language …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dactylology — dac·ty·lol·o·gy …   English syllables

  • dactylology — n. the representation of speech by finger movements: sign language …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • dactylology — dac•ty•lol•o•gy [[t]ˌdæk təˈlɒl ə dʒi[/t]] n. pl. gies ling. fingerspelling • Etymology: 1650–60 …   From formal English to slang

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