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American Braille Explained

American Braille at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Point \Point\, n.
1. (Med.) A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end
with vaccine matter; -- called also {vaccine point}.

2. One of the raised dots used in certain systems of printing
and writing for the blind. The first practical system was
that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and still used in
Europe (see {Braille}). Two modifications of this are
current in the United States:

{New York point} founded on three bases of equidistant points
arranged in two lines (viz., : :: :::), and a later

{American Braille}, embodying the Braille base (:::) and the
New-York-point principle of using the characters of few
points for the commonest letters.

3. In technical senses:
(a) In various games, a position of a certain player, or,
by extension, the player himself; as: (1) (Lacrosse &
Ice Hockey) The position of the player of each side
who stands a short distance in front of the goal
keeper; also, the player himself. (2) (Baseball) (pl.)
The position of the pitcher and catcher.
(b) (Hunting) A spot to which a straight run is made;
hence, a straight run from point to point; a
cross-country run. [Colloq. Oxf. E. D.]
(c) (Falconry) The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the
place where its prey has gone into cover.
(d) Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain
dance positions.