noun, plural brake·men.
a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.
Origin of brakeman
First recorded in 1825–35; brake1
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Examples from the Web for brakeman
Historical Examples of brakeman
By and by the brakeman shouted to the signalman in the gray silence of the morning.
At this moment entered a brakeman with a can of condensed milk.
For ten minutes Brakeman Joe lies insensible and motionless, just as he fell.
He felt satisfied that they had, in some way, disposed of Brakeman Joe.
In spite of his bewilderment, however, his years of training as a brakeman were not forgotten.
British Dictionary definitions for brakeman
noun plural -men
US and Canadian a crew member of a goods or passenger train. His duties include controlling auxiliary braking power and inspecting the train
the person at the back of a two- or four-man bobsleigh, who operates the brake
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