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ALARM in sign language
ASL sign for "alarm"
Learn how to sign "alarm" in American Sign Language.
Definition: A device that makes a loud sound as a warning or signal.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant index finger with its palm facing out taps twice on the non-dominant upright palm which faces right (if right-handed).
Usage examples: "an alarm clock", "fire alarm", "false alarm".
Kid signing "alarm"
The video shows how the baby learned the ASL word "alarm", which happens to be not as difficult as the other ASL words. The dominant "1" handshape is one of very few unmarked handshapes out of 50+ handshapes.
If one watches closely, the ASL-speaking toddler Juli actually began with the semi-L handshape rather than a true "1" handshape. Eventually, she was able to form the "1" handshape.
Related signs: CLOCK, ALARM CLOCK, BELL, BUZZER, WHISTLE, SIREN, EMERGENCY.
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Meaning (false alarm): A false alarm such as a fire alarm that is set off when it is not needed.
[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]
Written ASL digit for "ALARM" contributed by Adrean in the ASLwrite community, 2018.