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brake wheel

  1. (in a windmill) a bevel gearwheel rotating with the wind shaft.
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Origin of brake wheel

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for brake wheel

Historical Examples

  • He had to clutch the brake-wheel to keep himself from falling.

    King Spruce, A Novel

    Holman Day

  • Si walked to the end of the car, tore off the brake-wheel, and came back.

  • The fireman had already seen the danger, and sprung to the brake-wheel on the tender behind him.


    Kirk Munroe

  • He turned then to the brake-wheel, but, before he could apply it, Thomson had risen and grappled with him.

    The Iron Horse

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Another element sometimes employed in arc-lamp mechanism is the brake-wheel regulator.