braille

noun
\ ˈbrāl How to pronounce braille (audio) \
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 How to pronounce Braille (audio) , 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 How to pronounce Braille (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The braille is the second controversy that the FDR memorial has faced since it was built. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Senator Tammy Duckworth Wants FDR Memorial to Be Accessible for People with All Disabilities," 2 Mar. 2021 In fact, the braille on the monument is almost completely unreadable—and has remained that way since the sculptures were installed in 1997. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Senator Tammy Duckworth Wants FDR Memorial to Be Accessible for People with All Disabilities," 2 Mar. 2021 The school provided a braille display to transcribe text, a Perkins Brailler for writing and an embossing machine to print. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "He’s 7 and blind. How will he learn remotely?," 28 Sep. 2020 The braille bricks are the latest in a series of new offerings from LEGO. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "LEGO is launching braille bricks for students across the US," 6 Aug. 2020 Count crocheting and braille as other skills Lima-Marin picked up in prison. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "He was once sentenced to 98 years behind bars. Now Rene Lima-Marin is forging a new path," 23 Feb. 2020 Google also created a virtual braille keyboard for Android phones (it’s kind of amazing!). Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Behind the complete collapse of business at Yelp," 10 Apr. 2020 The latter has, among others, collections of rare children’s books, Taiwanese watercolors and Chinese texts, braille sheet music, travel posters, presidential portraits, baseball cards, and images of cats and dogs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "68 Cultural, Historical and Scientific Collections You Can Explore Online," 23 Mar. 2020 There was another tree with ribbed bark, and another with bark covered in bumps that felt like braille. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco Botanical Garden: Public oasis, private haven," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of braille was in 1853

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23 Apr 2021

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“Braille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braille. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce braille (audio) \

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 How to pronounce braille (audio) \

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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