How to sign smell in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand in front of and below your nose with your palm oriented down. Then, bring your hand up to your nose while bringing your fingertips together, ending with the side of your index finger against your nose.

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Sequential Breakdown of smell

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of smell

End of Sign

Final Frame of smell

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for smell
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for smell
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Sensing odors

Sign Instructions:

With your hand horizontally in front of your face with your palm oriented toward yourself, move your fingertips up to your nose a couple of times.

Videos

Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of smell

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of smell

End of Sign

Final Frame of smell

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

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

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