a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle or other moving mechanism by the absorption or transfer of the energy of momentum, usually by means of friction.
brakes, the drums, shoes, tubes, levers, etc., making up such a device on a vehicle.
anything that has a slowing or stopping effect.
Also called brakeman. a member of a bobsled team who operates the brake.
Also called breaker. Textiles. a tool or machine for breaking up flax or hemp, to separate the fiber.
Also called press brake . a machine for bending sheet metal to a desired shape.
Obsolete. an old instrument of torture.
to slow or stop by means of or as if by means of a brake.
to furnish with brakes.
to process (flax or hemp) by crushing it in a brake.
to use or run a brake.
to stop or slow upon being braked.
to run a hoisting machine.
- brakeless, adjective
Other definitions for brake (2 of 4)
a place overgrown with bushes, brambles, or cane.
Other definitions for brake (3 of 4)
any of several large or coarse ferns, especially the bracken, Pteridium aquilinum.
Other definitions for brake (4 of 4)
simple past tense of break.
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How to use brake in a sentence
However, we found that while towing the trailer, the 10-speed is great in its role using engine braking to reign in vehicle speed on downhills.Backing up a trailer is really hard, but this $100,000 SUV offers a new solution | Dan Carney | November 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
The Navigator includes other towing-assistance technologies, such as an integrated trailer brake controller.Backing up a trailer is really hard, but this $100,000 SUV offers a new solution | Dan Carney | November 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
When Archie chases the ball along the ground, he overshoots it and has to hit the brakes.More dog tales: We’re learning the quirks of Archie the rescue | John Kelly | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
In Zandi’s view, lawmakers would “likely agree to a deficit-financed support package next February, with Senate Republicans being the brake on a larger deal.”Stimulus update: How the election will shape the next aid package | Lance Lambert | November 3, 2020 | Fortune
A pair of disc brakes handle stopping duties, which is fairly common on e-bikes at this point.Harley’s first electric bicycle stands out with its retro style | Stan Horaczek | November 2, 2020 | Popular-Science
The three most fuel-costly activities are rough braking, rapid acceleration, and speeding above 70 mph.
That braking time is why we need to get started sooner rather than later.Megan McArdle on Why We Need to Jump Off the Fiscal Cliff | Megan McArdle | November 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Anti-lock braking, which can be less effective on motorcycles than cars, is an option.Ducati’s Panigale and History’s Most Innovative Motorcycles | Chris Hunter | November 13, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
The sail was up and, while braking the load upwind, I slipped and fell, allowing the sledge to collide with a large sastruga.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
At this distance, it will be about six gravities, and we can add to that a molecular drive braking of four gravities.Islands of Space | John W Campbell
They watched the green island appear and swell, then vanish behind the flames of the braking rockets.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
I came down in Australia and the braking 'chute tore right out when I released it.What Need of Man? | Harold Calin
A hand-operated drum controller, directly controlling the driving and electric braking of the motors, is used.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
British Dictionary definitions for brake (1 of 4)
(as modifier): the brake pedal
a machine or tool for crushing or breaking flax or hemp to separate the fibres
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
- brakeless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for brake (2 of 4)
an area of dense undergrowth, shrubs, brushwood, etc; thicket
British Dictionary definitions for brake (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for brake (4 of 4)
archaic, mainly biblical a past tense of break
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