OpenA@InsideChesthigh-ThumbBack-OpenA@InsideChesthigh-ThumbBack CirclesMidline-CirclesMidline

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American Sign Language[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From obsolete sign OpenA@DistalInsideChesthigh-OpenA@DistalInsideChinhigh Upanddown-Upanddown, apparently immitative of typical mannerisms of theatrical performers when the sign was created.

Production[edit]

left-hand open-A palm-right right-hand open-A palm-left left-hand left from right-hand close to body right side of chest left-hand arcs out circles up repeatedly right-hand arcs in circles down repeatedly
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  • This two-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. Posture the nondominant hand in the “open A” handshape about half arm's length in front of the nondominant side of the chest, thumb of the nondominant hand pointing back. Posture the dominant hand in the “open A” handshape about half arm's length in front of the dominant side of the chest, thumb of the dominant hand pointing back.
    2. Move both hands through the following posture in alternating circles brushing the chest, then down, forward, and up with each circle.

Verb[edit]

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  1. (theater) to act in a play; to perform drama

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

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  1. (theater) play; show; act; theatrical performance
    OpenA@InsideChesthigh-ThumbBack-OpenA@InsideChesthigh-ThumbBack CirclesMidline-CirclesMidline 1@CenterChesthigh-FingerBack Open8@NearChest-PalmBack 8@FromChest-PalmBack-8@DistalChest-PalmBack Bent5@InsideChesthigh-PalmAcross-Bent5@InsideChesthigh-PalmAcross Round-Round Bent5@SideChesthigh-PalmAcross-Bent5@SideChesthigh-PalmAcross OpenB@NearSfhead-ThumbAside Y@FromSfhead-ThumbAside V@TipFinger-FingerUp-V@CenterChesthigh-FingerUp V@SideChesthigh-FingerUp-V@SideChesthigh-FingerUp H@Nose-FingerUp Contact N@NearNose-PalmBack H@Nose-FingerUp Contact N@NearNose-PalmBack
    (ASL Gloss) PLAY I LIKE A-LOT WHY PLAY VERY FUNNY.
    "I like the play a lot because it's very funny."
  2. drama (the art)
  3. (figuratively) drama; dramatic situation in real life
  4. actor; actress

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