braille

noun

variants or Braille
: a system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots
braille transitive verb
brailled; brailling
braillist noun

Illustration of braille

Illustration of braille
  • braille alphabet

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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

a book made available in braille
Recent Examples on the Web There, signs — including a version in braille for low vision or blind guests — ask like the invitations for guests’ specific requests or needs. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Dec. 2023 In terms of accessibility, some guest rooms are ADA compliant, and all guest rooms and suites have braille room number signs. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 6 Nov. 2023 Utrecht University 3 Lego releases braille bricks for blind and visually impaired kids Lego is making playing more inclusive. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 31 Aug. 2023 Learning braille leads to better spelling, reading and writing skills, The European Blind Union stated, as well as improved employment opportunities in the future. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 31 Aug. 2023 Two baseplates to build your Legos on are also included in the set, which comes in a package detailed with braille embossing. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 What’s more, Americans with permanent disabilities are eligible for a free, lifetime access pass to the country’s national recreation areas and parks, many of which have accessibility guides that note accessible trails, ASL interpretation, braille text exhibits, and more. Lisa Kadane, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2023 The braille on the memorial is too oversized for any person to read it, and some of it is too high for any human to reach. Abigail Abrams, Time, 2 Mar. 2021 Available Resources and Opportunities: An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) and braille; service vendors that support deaf and hard of hearing individuals, as well as blind and visually impaired. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Louis Braille

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of braille was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Braille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braille. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

braille

noun
often capitalized
: a system of writing for the blind in which letters are represented by raised dots
Etymology

named for Louis Braille who developed the system

Medical Definition

braille

noun
often capitalized
: a system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots
braille transitive verb
brailled; brailling

Biographical Definition

Braille

biographical name

ˈbrāl How to pronounce Braille (audio)
ˈbrī
Louis 1809–1852 French blind teacher of the blind

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