American sign language: a language in which meaning is conveyed by hand gestures and their position in relation to the upper part of the body ASL
1972, acronym of Ame(rican) S(ign) Lan(guage), known by that name since 1960, but its history goes back to 1817, evolving from French Sign Language (introduced at American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn.) and indigenous sign languages, especially that of Martha’s Vineyard. [See “Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language,” Nora Ellen Groce, Harvard University Press, 1985]
American Sign Language
undergoing slight or no metamorphosis. Historical Examples Like most ametabolic and hemimetabolic Hexapoda, such nymphs continue to move and feed throughout their lives. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4 Various adjective (of certain insects) having no obvious metamorphosis
a purple or violet quartz, used as a gem. a purplish tint. having the color of amethyst. containing or set with an amethyst or amethysts: an amethyst brooch. Contemporary Examples Azalea—then amethyst Kelly—was born in Sydney and moved to Miami when she was 16. Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea Kevin […]
ametrometer ametrometer am·e·trom·e·ter (ām’ĭ-trŏm’ĭ-tər) n. An instrument for measuring the degree of ametropia.
ametria ametria a·me·tri·a (ə-mē’trē-ə) n. Congenital absence of the uterus.