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braille

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noun, often capitalized \ˈbrā(ə)l\

Simple Definition of braille

  • : a system of writing for blind people in which letters are represented by raised dots

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of braille

  1. :  a system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots

braille

transitive verb

braillist

play \ˈbrā-list\ noun

Examples of braille in a sentence

  1. a book made available in braille



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Origin and Etymology of braille

Louis Braille


First Known Use: 1853


Braille

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biographical name \ˈbrāl, ˈbrī\

Definition of Braille

  1. Louis 1809–1852 Fr. blind teacher of the blind




BRAILLE Defined for Kids

braille

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noun , often cap \ˈbrāl\

Definition of braille for Students

  1. :  a system of printing for the blind in which the letters are represented by raised dots



History for braille

Born in France in 1809, Louis Braille became completely blind at the age of five due to an accident. A brilliant student, he worked on a system of reading raised dots by touch while still a teenager. The writing and printing system named after him was not widely adopted until after his death in 1852.


Medical Dictionary

braille

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noun , often capitalized \ˈbrā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of braille

  1. :  a system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots

braille

transitive verb

brailled

;

brailling



Biographical Note for braille

Braille

\brȧy\,

Louis

(1809–1852), French inventor and teacher. Braille was blind and while at a school for the blind in Paris met Charles Barbier. Barbier had devised a system of writing for the blind in which simple messages coded in dots were embossed on cardboard. In 1824 Braille started work on adapting this system, developing a system in which a six-dot code represented letters and characters. He published treatises on his system in 1829 and 1837.

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