The sign for "equal" also means "fair."
Start with your hands in "bent" handshapes, a couple inches apart -- then bring
Sample sentence: How many days equal one month?
You may see the sign "FAIR / EQUAL" sign done with a small double motion.
The signs LEVEL and EQUAL are often signed the same by various Deaf
When there is a difference expressed in the signs it shows up as:
The sign LEVEL tends to start together and move apart. The sign LEVEL can
also be modified so that the dominant hand moves forward to show a level
road extending in front of the signer. Also, the fingers of the sign
for LEVEL are sometimes aimed forward and then the hands move toward the
sides -- thus LEVEL could also mean SHELF.
The sign EQUAL tends to start a couple of inches or centimeters apart and
then come together. Some people use a double movement on the sign for EQUAL
but it is not necessary. The single movement tends to indicate more of a
verb function "This equals that." The double movement tends to indicate more
of a status function "Those two things are equal." This however is being
overly specific. In real life you will see quite a bit of variety.
Also see: THAN