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American Sign Language:  "door"

Concepts to understand:

  DOOR:  Only the dominant hand moves during this sign.  This sign uses two movements. The dominant hand opens then closes. It is a combination of the signs "open-door" and "close-door."
  OPEN:  Both hands move during this sign. 
  OPEN-DOOR: Only the dominant hand moves during this sign.
  CLOSE-DOOR: Only the dominant hand moves during this sign.
  CLOSED:  Both hands move during this sign.

The sign "door" uses an open and close motion. Just move the dominant hand. Imagine the hinges are on your pinkie.



-DOOR:  Uses a single "open" movement.



CLOSE-DOOR:  Uses a single "close" movement.


To sign "open" as in the phrase, "Dr. Bill, please open the expensive gift I gave you," - start with your hands together, (palms forward for things like "doors" and palms somewhat downward for things like gifts) and then swing both hands backward (toward yourself) as if showing the opening of double doors.



To sign "close" as in "shut," start with flat hands, fingers pointing up, palms facing, a few inches apart, and then swing both hands forward as if closing double doors.

CLOSE (general sign) 




The right hand pivots open and then closes. The left hand stays stationary.  This sign can also mean, depending on the rest of your sentence, "closet" or "cupboard."


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Truth be told, in addition to such concepts as "open" and "close" the sign DOOR can also be used to mean: cupboard, closet, cabinet, cellar, etc.  The conveyed meaning depends on your context.

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