OpenB@Chest-PalmBack CirclesSurface

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American Sign Language[edit]


Hand circles heart, indicating the heart-felt nature of the experience or request.


right-hand open-B palm-in close to body in center of chest right-hand arcs left circles down repeatedly
  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. ASL FlatB@Chest-PalmBack.jpg
      Posture the dominant hand in the “open B” handshape on the chest, dominant palm facing back.
    2. Move the dominant hand around the chest, at least one full circle.
  • When used as a noun, the hand is held briefly before and after the circling movement.
  • Stokoe: []B @X


ASL FlatB@Chest-PalmBack.jpg (ASL gloss: PLEASE)

  1. please; would you please; used in a polite request
    OpenB@Chest-PalmBack CirclesSurface BentB@Inside-PalmUp-OpenB@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp BentB@Palm-FingerTipDown-OpenB@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp OpenB@BackFinger-PalmDown-OpenB@CenterChesthigh-PalmDown OpenB@BackWrist-PalmDown-OpenB@CenterChesthigh-PalmDown
    PLEASE AGAIN SLOW (“Please repeat that slowly.”)

Usage notes[edit]

  • (please, would you please, used in a polite request): This is the most common use for this sign. Less common uses are below.


  • (please): A pleading facial expression with slightly raised eyebrows during the signing of the verb.


ASL FlatB@Chest-PalmBack.jpg (ASL gloss: PLEASE)

  1. (dated, transitive) to please (someone); to gratify
  2. (dated) to enjoy; to like
  3. (intransitive) to appreciate

Usage notes[edit]



ASL FlatB@Chest-PalmBack.jpg (ASL gloss: PLEASE)

  1. willing


ASL FlatB@Chest-PalmBack.jpg (ASL gloss: PLEASURE)

  1. enjoyment; pleasure

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