How to sign expand in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Detailed explanation

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand next to the index finger of your non-dominant hand. Then, move your dominant hand to the side while changing your handshape to a "5" handshape.

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Beginning and End Frames

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for expand
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for expand
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for expand
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Increase size/scope

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands against each other in front of you. Move your hands away from each other to the side and change your handshape to a "5" handshape and wiggle your fingers as your hands move away from each other.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of expand

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for expand
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for expand
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for expand
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Non-Dominant Handshape for expand
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.

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