How to sign dwell on in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Touch your index finger against your forehead and then bring your dominant hand down onto the back of your non-dominant hand and then move your hands together in a circular motion a couple of times.


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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for dwell on
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for dwell on
Extend all fingers and spread them out, with the middle finger slightly extended forward.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for dwell on
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

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