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Westinghouse brake

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  1. a railroad air brake operated by compressed air.

Origin of Westinghouse brake

named after G. Westinghouse, its inventor
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Westinghouse brake

  1. a braking system, invented by Westinghouse in 1872 and adopted by US railways, in which the brakes are held off by compressed air in the operating cylinder: controlled leakage of the air or a disruptive emergency causes the brakes to be applied. The system is used on most heavy vehicles and is replacing the vacuum system on many railways

Word Origin

named after George Westinghouse (1846–1914), US inventor and manufacturer
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