That braking time is why we need to get started sooner rather than later.
It grew steadily brighter and brighter, and then it flared for the third time—Terry's mind asked skeptically, 'braking rockets?'
All at once his hands and mind were busy with the braking rockets, dials, meters.
Crag glanced worriedly at the radar altimeter and hit the braking rockets harder.
It was too high, moving too fast despite the lavish waste of braking power.
He switched his attention between the braking rockets and instruments, trying to manage a quick glance at the scope.
They dropped quickly, braking through the atmosphere, riding it down.
He would have to be ready for the braking thrust and the side-maneuvering thrusts, but he would manage to hold on.
Also, we'll need a nuclear charge to throw us into a braking ellipse.
Rick kept the drag on his reel, letting the ray fight against the braking action.
mid-15c., "instrument for crushing or pounding," from Middle Dutch braeke "flax brake," from breken "to break" (see break (v.)). The word was applied to many crushing implements and to the ring through the nose of a draught ox. It was influenced in sense by Old French brac, a form of bras "an arm," thus "a lever or handle," which was being used in English from late 14c., and applied to "a bridle or curb" from early 15c. One or the other or both took up the main modern meaning of "stopping device for a wheel," first attested 1772.
kind of fern, early 14c.; see bracken.
"to apply a brake to a wheel," 1868, from brake (n.1). Earlier, "to beat flax" (late 14c.). Related: Braked; braking.