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DRYER: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "dryer"

Around my house, we use a very simple sign for "DRYER" (a device that dries clothing) -- we just do a double movement on the sign DRY.  Much of the meaning for this sign is conveyed by context. Most of the time you can just sign "dry." For example, "Put your clothes in the dryer" = "YOUR CLOTHES, PUT  DRY."  It is obvious that you mean "the dryer."

To do the sign for "dry," change an index finger into an X handshape as your pull your hand from left to right in front of your mouth. (Left handed people do the opposite.)
You don't actually touch the mouth.


To be even more clear, you can sign DRYER by doing the sign DRY twice.



Another way to sign DRYER is to combine the sign for dry and "spin around."  I might use this version on the "first usage" in a conversation and then drop the "spin around."


Animated .gif: DRYER



Sample sentence: Is your dryer gas or electric?



Question: A student asks:
The sign for dryer (in Lesson 9 at Lifeprint) is that referring to a clothes dryer or a hair dryer? Or can it be used for both?

The general sign for DRY can be combined with a sign meaning "spin" to create the meaning of "a clothes dryer."
DRY-SPIN = a clothes dryer:

If you do the DRY sign twice, rapidly as in: DRY-DRY -- it can (in context) mean a clothes dryer or (again, depending on context) it can mean something like a fruit dryer.

For hair dryer see:
Note: It has been a very, very long time since I've used a hairdryer -- but I'm pretty sure I can still do the sign fairly well.






Notes:  See: DRY

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