ABSTRACT in sign language

ASL printable for ABSTRACT as in art

ASL signs for "abract"

"How do you say 'abstract' in American Sign Language?"

Meaning: Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence or realities.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "5" hand (handshape) with the palm facing outward/downward (orientation) in contact with the non-dominant upturned "5" hand (location) moves sideway, upward a bit and then other-sideway.

Related signs: SYMBOLIC, nonrepresentational, nonrealistic.

Variation: Sometimes, one signs with the "A" handshape with the palm outward and the thumb in contact with the head side moves outward from the head side.


Phrase: abstract art

Art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

Related signs: artwork.

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