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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dak-tuh-lol-uh-jee]
    • /ˌdæk təˈlɒl ə dʒi/
    • /ˌdæk.tɪ.ˈlɒ.lə.dʒɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dak-tuh-lol-uh-jee]
    • /ˌdæk təˈlɒl ə dʒi/

Definitions of dactylology word

  • noun dactylology the method of using manual sign language, as in communicating with deaf people 3
  • noun dactylology the use of a finger alphabet, as among deaf-mutes 3
  • noun plural dactylology the technique of communicating by signs made with the fingers, especially in the manual alphabets used by the deaf. 1
  • noun dactylology The use of the fingers and hands to communicate ideas, especially by the deaf. 1

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Origin of dactylology

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
First recorded in 1650-60; dactylo- + -logy

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dactylology popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

dactylology usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for dactylology

noun dactylology

  • american sign language — a language consisting of manual signs and gestures, used as by deaf people in North America
  • sign language — Also called sign. any of several visual-gestural systems of communication, especially employing manual gestures, as used among deaf people.
  • manual alphabet — a set of finger configurations corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, used by the deaf in fingerspelling.
  • asl — above sea level
  • fingerspelling — the communication in sign language of a word or other expression by rendering its written form letter by letter in a manual alphabet.

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