Brake definition

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Something that slows or stops action.
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To reduce the speed of with or as if with a brake.
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To operate or apply a brake.
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A machine for bending and folding sheet metal.
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A device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle, especially by contact friction.
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The definition of a brake is a device used to slow down or stop a vehicle or machine.

An example of brake is the device in your car that slows down or stops its movement forward.

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To brake is to slow or stop by pressing on a pedal that cuts off movement.

An example of brake is when you step on the pedal in your car that is next to the gas pedal in order to slow down or stop your car.

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To be slowed or stopped by or as if by the operation of a brake.
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A lever or handle on a machine such as a pump.
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Any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants.
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Any of certain other ferns, such as bracken.
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Any of a genus (Pteris) of coarse tropical ferns (family Polypodiaceae) used commonly as a houseplant.
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A toothed implement for beating or crushing flax or hemp so that the fiber can be separated.
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A heavy harrow for breaking up clods of earth.
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A handle or lever on a machine.

A pump brake.

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A machine for turning or bending the edges of sheet metal.
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(obs.) The rack, former instrument of torture.
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To break up (flax, clods of earth, etc.) into smaller pieces.
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To slow down or stop with or as with a brake.
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To operate a brake or brakes.
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To be slowed down or stopped by a brake.
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A toothed device for crushing and beating flax or hemp.
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A heavy harrow for breaking clods of earth.
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An apparatus for kneading large amounts of dough.
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To crush (flax or hemp) in a toothed device.
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To break up (clods of earth) with a harrow.
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An area overgrown with dense brushwood, briers, and undergrowth; a thicket.
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A high horse-drawn carriage with four wheels.
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Any device for slowing, stopping, or preventing the motion of a vehicle or machine, as by causing a block, shoe, or band to press against a moving part.
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Anything that slows down or stops movement, activity, or progress.
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A clump or area of brushwood, briers, etc.; thicket.
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A fern; bracken. [from 14th c.]
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A thicket, or an area overgrown with briers etc. [from 15th c.]
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A tool used for breaking flax or hemp. [from 15th c.]
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A type of machine for bending sheet metal. (See .)
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A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after ploughing; a drag.
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To bruise and crush; to knead.

The farmer's son brakes the flax while mother brakes the bread dough.

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To pulverise with a harrow.
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(plural brakes)
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A device used to confine or prevent the motion of an animal.
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That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
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(intransitive) To operate (a) brake(s).
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(intransitive) To be stopped or slowed (as if) by braking.
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(now historical) A type of torture instrument. [from 16th c.]
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(archaic) Simple past tense and past participle of break.
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(chiefly nautical) The handle of a pump.
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A device used to slow or stop the motion of a wheel, or of a vehicle, by friction; also, the controls or apparatus used to engage such a mechanism such as the pedal in a car. [from 18th c.]
  • The act of braking, of using a brake to slow down a machine or vehicle.
  • (engineering) An apparatus for testing the power of a steam engine or other motor by weighing the amount of friction that the motor will overcome; a friction brake.
  • (figuratively) Something used to retard or stop some action, process etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
brake
Plural:
brakes

Origin of brake

  • Probably brake bridle, curb from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German nose ring, curb, flax brake brake2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French brac from oblique form of bras arm bracer2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Middle Dutch from Middle Low German bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Middle Low German bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English probably back-formation from braken bracken

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Apparently a shortened form of bracken. (Compare chick, chicken.)

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Middle Low German brake.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old Dutch braeke.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain.

    From Wiktionary

  • Inflected forms.

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