WARNING: There are many
different meanings of the English word "run." The right ASL sign for "run"
depends on your meaning.
RUN: Version 1
This version is a general sign for run that means to "move swiftly on foot so
that both feet leave the ground during each stride" (dictionary.com).
Both hands use "L" handshapes. The right index finger is laying up
against the left thumb. Both hands move forward as the index finger flex
twice. As the index fingers flex, the right index finger wraps around
the left thumb. If the thumbs bend a bit that is okay and simply a
byproduct of flexing the index fingers.
This next version also means "run" as in ""move swiftly on foot so that both
feet leave the ground during each stride."
Both hands are in "L" shapes, palms down. Hands touch at the tips of the
thumbs. Hands move forward as the index fingers flex twice.
RUN (Version 2)
Animation: "RUN" (version 2)
In English the word "run" can be used to refer to a wide
variety of concepts which have nothing to do with using your legs and feet to
a car engine running
run for office
a run in your stocking
a runny nose
"the runs" (diarrhea)
Each of these concepts would be signed differently and would not
use either of the signs for "RUN" (shown above). Instead you would use ASL
signs that have closer meanings to the actual concept. For example "run
for office" would be shown with the signs "volunteer"-APPLY COMPETE ______"
and the specific office being sought (governor, mayor etc.)
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