How to sign dictionary in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands oriented toward each other in front of you. Your dominant hand should begin above the fingertips of your non-dominant hand. Move your dominant hand across your non-dominant hand 2 times while bringing it down and making contact with your palm, and then bringing your dominant hand back up.


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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for dictionary
Extend the index finger straight up and touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger with the ring and pinky fingers bent in the same way as the middle finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for dictionary
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

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