brake

1
[breyk]
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noun

verb (used with object), braked, brak·ing.

verb (used without object), braked, brak·ing.


Origin of brake

1
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German; akin to break
Related formsbrake·less, adjective

Synonyms for brake

brake

4
[breyk]

verb Archaic.

simple past tense of break.
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Examples from the Web for braking

Contemporary Examples of braking

Historical Examples of braking

  • The ship drove down toward the planet, braking fiercely now.

    Victory

    Lester del Rey

  • Telemeter control from Alpine fired the first braking rockets.

  • It was too high, moving too fast despite the lavish waste of braking power.

  • All at once his hands and mind were busy with the braking rockets, dials, meters.

  • Walt's car, braking shrilly, hurtled past her and was lost in the night.

    Earth Alert!

    Kris Neville


British Dictionary definitions for braking

brake

1

noun

  1. (often plural)a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle, wheel, shaft, etc, or for keeping it stationary, esp by means of frictionSee also drum brake, disc brake, hydraulic brake, air brake, handbrake
  2. (as modifier)the brake pedal
a machine or tool for crushing or breaking flax or hemp to separate the fibres
Also called: brake harrow a heavy harrow for breaking up clods
short for brake van
short for shooting brake
an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriageAlso spelt: break
an obsolete word for rack 1 (def. 4)

verb

to slow down or cause to slow down, by or as if by using a brake
(tr) to crush or break up using a brake
Derived Formsbrakeless, adjective

Word Origin for brake

C18: from Middle Dutch braeke; related to breken to break

brake

2

noun

an area of dense undergrowth, shrubs, brushwood, etc; thicket

Word Origin for brake

Old English bracu; related to Middle Low German brake, Old French bracon branch

brake

3

noun

another name for bracken (def. 1) See also rock brake

brake

4

verb

archaic, mainly biblical a past tense of break
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Word Origin and History for braking

brake

n.1

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.

brake

n.2

kind of fern, early 14c.; see bracken.

brake

v.

"to apply a brake to a wheel," 1868, from brake (n.1). Earlier, "to beat flax" (late 14c.). Related: Braked; braking.

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