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American Sign Language a language used by many deaf people in North America, made up of hand movements and signs.
Anne Sullivan a U.S. educator who pioneered techniques for teaching the blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired through her work with Helen Keller (b.1866--d.1936).
deafen to cause to become deaf. [1/2 definitions]
deaf-mute both deaf and unable to speak. [1/2 definitions]
Helen Keller deaf-blind pupil of Anne Sullivan who became a celebrated U.S. author, lecturer, and social activist (b.1880--d.1968).
manual alphabet a set of hand signals representing the letters of the alphabet, used as a means of communication by and with deaf-mutes.
sign language a system of manual configurations and motions used as a language for the deaf.
stone-deaf thoroughly and completely deaf.