Dictionary.com

hand brake

Save This Word!

noun

a brake operated by a hand lever.Compare caliper (def. 6).
(in an automobile) an emergency or parking brake operated by a hand lever.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of hand brake

First recorded in 1840–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for hand brake

handbrake
/ (ˈhændˌbreɪk) /

noun

a brake operated by a hand lever
the lever that operates the handbrake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?