How to sign power in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Exert force

Sign Instructions:

Begin with the arm of your non-dominant hand extended forward. Your dominant hand should begin near your shoulder with your index finger in contact with your shoulder. Move your dominant hand forward until your pinkie is in contact with the wrist of your non-dominant hand.

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Sequential Breakdown of power

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First Frame of power

End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for power
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb folded across the palm

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for power
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your dominant hand near the arm of your non-dominant hand, with your palm oriented towards your arm. Then, move your hand until it makes contact with your arm. The "C" outline of your hand against your arm is meant to indicate power by making the outline of a bicep.

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Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of power

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of power

End of Sign

Final Frame of power

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for power
Extend all fingers with a slight curl, resembling the number five.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for power
Extend all fingers with a slight curl, resembling the number five.

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