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chirology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chirology telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chirology The art or practice of using the manual alphabet or of communicating thoughts by sings made by the hands and fingers; a substitute for spoken or written language in intercourse with the deaf and dumb. See Dactylalogy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chirology The art or practice of using the manual alphabet—that is, of communicating thoughts by signs made with the hands and fingers, as by deaf-mutes. See deaf-mute. Also chirologia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chirology kī-rol′o-ji the art of discoursing with the hands or by signs, as the deaf and dumb do
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. chei`r hand + -logy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. cheir, the hand, logia, a discourse.