Definition of Braille

1. Noun. French educator who lost his sight at the age of three and who invented a system of writing and printing for sightless people (1809-1852).

Exact synonyms: Louis Braille
Generic synonyms: Educator, Pedagog, Pedagogue

2. Verb. Transcribe in braille.
Generic synonyms: Transcribe, Transliterate

3. Noun. A point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals.
Generic synonyms: Point System

Definition of Braille

1. n. A system of printing or writing for the blind in which the characters are represented by tangible points or dots. It was invented by Louis Braille, a French teacher of the blind.

Definition of Braille

1. Proper noun. A system of writing invented by Louis Braille, in which letters and some combinations of letters are represented by raised dots arranged in three rows of two dots each and are read by the blind and partially sighted using the fingertips. ¹

2. Adjective. Of, relating to or written in Braille. ¹

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Definition of Braille

1. to write in braille (raised writing for the blind) [v BRAILLED, BRAILLING, BRAILLES]

Medical Definition of Braille

1. A system of writing and printing by means of raised dots corresponding to letters, numbers, and punctuation to enable the blind to read by touch. Origin: Louis Braille, French teacher of blind, 1809-1852 (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Braille

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"This new system is known as braille. Us invention by Louis braille ... The original idea of a point-print was derived by Louis braille from Barbier, ..."

2. Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Library Association by American Library Association. Conference, American Library Association (1910)
"American braille 71 v.; Line letter 42 v.; New York point 43 v. ... American braille 554; English braille 249; Line letter 119; ..."

3. The Blind; Their Condition and the Work Being Done for Them in the United States by Harry Best (1919)
"In the last named States American braille is easily predominant, ... The proportions for American braille and unspecified braille together vary in other ..."

4. On Becoming Blind: Advice for the Use of Persons Losing Their Sight by Eḿile Javal (1905)
"Beading braille is a resource for hours of solitude. In case of insomnia a book printed in relief is an incomparable bedfellow. I find it very handy to mark ..."

5. The Association Review by American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf (1899)
"This braille system is not nearly so difficult as one would imagine at first.' "This letter refers to some books in English braille which I sent her, ..."

6. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, John Albert Macy, Annie Sullivan (1905)
"As to the braille question, I cannot tell how deeply it distresses me to hear that ... Why, you yourself seem to think that I taught you American braille, ..."

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