Keywords: fence, wall, barrier

Sign Definition

As a Noun

1. A barrier made of wood or wire supported by posts. English = fence.
2. A long narrow vertical structure made of stone or brick that surrounds or divides an area of land. English = wall.
3. A fence or wall that prevents people or things form moving from one area to another; a wall or screen that separates one part of a room or vehicle from another. English = barrier; partition.
4. A row of upright objects close together.

As a Verb or Adjective

1. To form a fence, barrier, partition or wall.
2. To form a row of upright objects close together .


1. This sign is very flexible. The two hands are put together (the fingers can be together, as shown, or spread somewhat) with the one palm towards the signer and the other away (as shown) or both away from the signer or both towards the signer. Also, the imagined surface of the wall can be placed anywhere which is comfortable in the signing space. For example, it could be to the right side of the signer (as shown) in front of the signer or to the left of the signer, at any angle between.
2. This sign is what is known as a partly-lexical depicting sign ("depict" means "to make a picture'"or "to show"). This is why it is so 'flexible' in the way it is performed. You show the flat surface of a wall, fence or barrier by placing your flat or spread hands where you imagine it to be relative to yourself. Your hands represent the wall itself, or you move them as if you were moving your hand over the surface of the imaginary wall. You cannot use just any handshape in Auslan. It needs to be a flat or spread handshape, and you need to hold it upright (or sometimes sideways), but never downwards.