braille

noun
\ ˈbrāl \
variants: or Braille

Definition of braille 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Braille

biographical name
\ ˈbrāl , ˈbrī \

Definition of Braille (Entry 2 of 2)

Louis 1809–1852 French blind teacher of the blind

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Illustration of braille

Noun

braille alphabet

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Other words from braille

Noun

braille transitive verb brailled; brailling
braillist \ˈbrā-list \ noun

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In 1824, Louis Braille invented the system we call braille, a universal system of writing and printing for the blind. Characters embossed on paper are read by passing the fingers lightly over the manuscript. The system is based on a matrix of six raised dots arranged in two columns of three. The 63 combinations possible in this framework stand for letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and common words like and and the. A braille code for English was not adopted until 1932. Modifications also exist for other languages, for mathematical and technical material, and for musical notation. Braille may be handwritten—from right to left— using a stylus to press dots into a piece of paper between hinged metal plates When the sheet is turned over, the dots face up, and are read from left to right. Braille typewriters and electric embossing machines are also used.

Examples of braille in a Sentence

Noun

a book made available in braille

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Because of this, Andrew Chepaitis, Vallone's grandson, wants to flip the braille script. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Could This New Tactile Font Help People Who Lose Their Sight Late In Life?," 1 May 2018 Mom read braille recipes to my sister Ann, who typed them. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 Schnaus is able to lift the cover to see a regular iPad screen, which automatically translates the braille. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "It's 'hard not to protect him.' How a Noblesville teacher and blind 9-year-old grow together," 3 Jan. 2018 Harris, 50, helps translate books into braille for the blind, ABC News reports. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Clara Harris, the Texas Dentist Who Repeatedly Ran Over Cheating Husband, Scheduled for May Prison Release," 18 Apr. 2018 In the 1960s and 70s, Pat volunteered as a Pink Lady at Florida Hospital and transcribed books into braille for the blind. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 2/21," 21 Feb. 2018 The doting dad, who works as an engineer at a technology company, got to work inventing a toy that would teach his toddler words using braille. PEOPLE.com, "Dad Invents Toy That Teaches Braille to His 2-Year-Old Daughter Who Is Going Blind," 5 Feb. 2018 Up close, their surfaces look like braille, or code, sometimes stenciled over many times. Vogue, "Jacqueline Humphries Layers ASCII and Emojis Into Her Expressive Abstract Paintings," 28 Oct. 2017 Learn about Louis Braille’s tactile alphabet and practice writing braille. The Courier-Journal, "50+ fun things for week of July 13-19," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of braille

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for braille

Noun

Louis Braille

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More Definitions for braille

braille

noun

English Language Learners Definition of braille

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

braille

noun, often capitalized
\ ˈbrāl \

Kids Definition of braille

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

braille

noun, often capitalized
\ ˈbrā(ə)l \

Medical Definition of braille 

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

Other words from braille

braille transitive verb brailled; brailling

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