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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Noun

braille alphabet

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Other Words from braille

Noun

braille transitive verb brailled; brailling
braillist \ ˈbrā-​list How to pronounce braillist (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 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 Some also turned to the help of emojis and braille symbols to make the text more difficult to be recognized and scrubbed by censorship programs. Jane Li, Quartz, "Martian language, emoji, and braille: How China is rallying to save a coronavirus story online," 11 Mar. 2020 To cope with the changes, Sophia started learning how to read braille. Ryan Loren, Detroit Free Press, "Milan basketball player had a rare disorder that threatened her career. How she overcame," 3 Mar. 2020 Braille Challenge is the only national reading and writing competition in braille for students who are blind and visually impaired. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 24-March 1," 24 Feb. 2020 Faced with the expense of braille textbooks and specialized education needs, Veronica chose to pursue Adonis’s education using an ESA. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Full text: Arizona Gov. Ducey's 2020 State of the State speech," 13 Jan. 2020 And now, his story is being shared across the world, through Marvel Comics’ first braille comic book: The Unstoppable Adonis. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Full text: Arizona Gov. Ducey's 2020 State of the State speech," 13 Jan. 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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20 Apr 2020

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“Braille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braille. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for braille

braille

noun
How to pronounce Braille (audio)

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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