- (in a windmill) a bevel gearwheel rotating with the wind shaft.
Origin of brake wheel
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for brake wheel
He had to clutch the brake-wheel to keep himself from falling.King Spruce, A Novel
Si walked to the end of the car, tore off the brake-wheel, and came back.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)
The fireman had already seen the danger, and sprung to the brake-wheel on the tender behind him.Campmates
He turned then to the brake-wheel, but, before he could apply it, Thomson had risen and grappled with him.The Iron Horse
Another element sometimes employed in arc-lamp mechanism is the brake-wheel regulator.