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 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

Existing braille embossers couldn’t produce anything other than text. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Beyond braille: Oregon-made ‘printers’ open opportunities for the blind in math and science," 22 July 2019 So in 1996, Gardner and his students designed and developed an embosser that could print both braille and graphics. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Beyond braille: Oregon-made ‘printers’ open opportunities for the blind in math and science," 22 July 2019 This 90-minute educational adventure will teach your children about how talking books and braille books are made. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From kitties to caving: 8 great ways for kids to spend rainy days in Louisville," 12 July 2019 At the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the braille was too oversized to read for the blind. Steve Dorsey, CBS News, "Bad braille plagues buildings across U.S., CBS News Radio investigation finds," 28 June 2019 Claudio learned braille quickly and stayed relatively involved in school and activities. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "What does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when you’re blind?," 5 June 2019 The performing arts center’s braille signs had been installed out of arm’s reach. Rebecca Heilweil, Philly.com, "Mapping wheelchair access in Philly and the 'burbs," 11 Apr. 2018 Unlike braille, these tactile letters can be scaled to any size the user requires. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Could This New Tactile Font Help People Who Lose Their Sight Late In Life?," 1 May 2018 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

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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 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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