Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
March 2, 2024

Search: WATER

Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
824Higgins (1923) WATERWATERWATER: Right vertical "W" palm leftward, with index tip at the corner of mouth.144hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=824&refid=higgins1923
60Higgins (1923) WATER~BAPTIZEBAPTISTBAPTIST: Both "A" hands horizontal, thumbs upward, turned over to the side and plunged tandem wise down into the water and up again -- sometimes the first half of the above sign (BAPTISM) is prefixed to this sign.15hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=60&refid=higgins1923
646Higgins (1923) WATER~RAINRAINRAIN: Right index tip of "W" hand at corner of mouth for "water" then spread prone hands lowered whilst fingers oscillate. ("White" instead of "Water" in this sign would denote "Snow").114hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=646&refid=higgins1923
880Long (1918) WATERWATERWATER: Strike the mouth several times with the right "W" hand (the forefinger against the mouth). XVIII,347.97hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=880&refid=long1918
924Long (1918) WATER~BAPTIZEBAPTIZEBAPTIZE: Make sign for "water," then make motion of sprinking water on the forehead; or (2) bring the "A" hands toward the right and make motion of immersing imaginary person. For BAPTIST make second sign for "baptize" and "-er" to indicate the person. XIX,361.101hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=924&refid=long1918
891Long (1918) WATER~cl-d:BB(river)RIVERRIVER: Make sign for "water;" then bring the left "4" hand out to the front from the side, palm down, fingers pointing diagonally away from the body toward the left; from making the sign "water" bring the right "4" hand down to the front in similar position and pointing in the same direction as the left, somewhat behind it; then move both hands diagonally toward the left, and as the hands move forward shake the fingers up and down unevenly to represent the flowing of the water.98hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=891&refid=long1918
892Long (1918) WATER~GROWSPRINGSPRING: Make sign for "water," then push the right "&" hand up though the left "O" hand and as it comes up change to "5" hand and work the fingers to represent flowing water.98hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=892&refid=long1918
881Long (1918) WATER~RAINRAINRAIN: Sign for "water;" then bring the "5" hands elevated toward the side, fingers pointing out and palms down; drop the hands, lifting and dropping them several times in succession, the fingers thus indicating the falling drops of rain. XVIII,348.97hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=881&refid=long1918
657Long (1918) WATER~WETWETWET: Sign for "water," i.e., place forefinger of "W" hand against lips; then bring both hands in front, and with both in position of slightly bent "5" hands close the fingers to a point with the thumb, as in the "&" hand, and repeat the opening and closing of the hand alternately several times, as if handling something wet.76hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=657&refid=long1918
641Michaels (1923) cl-d-trace:1(round)~WATER~DOWN(hole)WELL (noun)WELL (noun): 1. Make a circle downward in front of you. 2. Make the sign of water, and point downward deep.135hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=641&refid=michaels1923
633Michaels (1923) WATERWATERWATER: 1. Extend index, middle and third fingers upward before you. 2. Move the hand right and left several times. (A drink a glass of water:) Make motion of drinking from a glass, using the hand as a glass.133hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=633&refid=michaels1923
56Michaels (1923) WATER~BATHBATHBATH: 1. Make the sign for "water." (See water). 2. Rub from the breast down to your waist with the palms of both hands.29hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=56&refid=michaels1923
340Michaels (1923) WATER~cl-trace:1(around-lake)LAKELAKE: 1. Make the sign of water. 2. Move the extended index finger and thumb of one hand in a round about way in front of you.81hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=340&refid=michaels1923
462Michaels (1923) WATER~cl-trace:8(round-pool)POOLPOOL: 1. Sign water. 2. With your thumb touching the second joint of your middle finger move the hand in a circle before you.101hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=462&refid=michaels1923
630Michaels (1923) WATER~WASHWASHWASH: 1. Make the sign of water, and go through motion of washing the face and hands. To wash clothes: Go through motion of washing or rubbing on the knuckles, or a washboard as an old woman does in washing clothes.133hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=630&refid=michaels1923
Tag ID Signer(Year) Reference Gloss   Context Segment URL
31Erd (1913) rushing-waterN/Aminehaha:LISTEN, 3P-IX(lt) TELL(-to-rt) 1P-IX HEAR(pitch) cl-d:55(rushing-water,-to-lt), HEAR(pitch) cl-d:55+(roaring-thunder,rt) cl-d:55(rushing-water,-to-lt) 4hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=erd&glossid=31
34Erd (1913) rushing-waterN/Aminehaha:LISTEN, 3P-IX(lt) TELL(-to-rt) 1P-IX HEAR(pitch) cl-d:55(rushing-water,-to-lt), HEAR(pitch) cl-d:55+(roaring-thunder,rt) cl-d:55(rushing-water,-to-lt) 4hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=erd&glossid=34
39Erd (1913) swirling-spray-of-water-upN/AHEAR(pitch) THERE(-to-rt) INITIAL-W~cl-d:55(falls-of-Minnehaha,rt_up-to-dn) cl:55(waters-striking-a-wall)+ cl:55(dn,swirling-spray-of-water-up) cl:55(settling-down) M-I-N-N-E-H-A-H-A(rt) pose:open-arms(-to-lt) gs:COME-HERE(-to-lt), TO-1P 1P-IX FAR+(pitch).5hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=erd&glossid=39
265Erd (1913) WATERN/ANEAR(lc) FEET 3P-POSS(lt) SMILE WATER,28hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=erd&glossid=265
333Erd (1913) WATERN/AYELL(pitch,-to-lt) M-I-N-N-E-H-A-H-A pose:hands-clasped gs:FAREWELL(1h,-to-lt) gs:FAREWELL(2h,-to-lt) 1P-POSS(pitch,lt) SMILE(lt) WATER(rt), 34hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=erd&glossid=333
272Hubbard (1913) WATERN/A3P-IX(lt_dn) gs:WAVE(-to-rt) GO(l-hand,-to-lt) TRAIN H-O-S-P-I-T-A-L T-R-A-I-N gs:ARISE IN BRING+(ctr-to-lt) ACROSS(lt) COUNTRY(lt) TO(lt) WATER(rf)~cl-d:55(ocean) E-L-B-E-R-O-N.30hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=hubbard&glossid=272