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brake1

[breyk] /breɪk/
noun
1.
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.
2.
brakes, the drums, shoes, tubes, levers, etc., making up such a device on a vehicle.
3.
anything that has a slowing or stopping effect.
4.
Also called brakeman. a member of a bobsled team who operates the brake.
5.
Also called breaker. Textiles. a tool or machine for breaking up flax or hemp, to separate the fiber.
6.
Also called press brake. a machine for bending sheet metal to a desired shape.
7.
Obsolete. an old instrument of torture.
verb (used with object), braked, braking.
8.
to slow or stop by means of or as if by means of a brake.
9.
to furnish with brakes.
10.
to process (flax or hemp) by crushing it in a brake.
verb (used without object), braked, braking.
11.
to use or run a brake.
12.
to stop or slow upon being braked.
13.
to run a hoisting machine.
Origin of brake1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German; akin to break
Related forms
brakeless, adjective
Synonyms
8. halt, arrest, stay, restrain; curb, curtail.

brake2

[breyk] /breɪk/
noun
1.
a place overgrown with bushes, brambles, or cane.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English (in phrase brake of fern thicket of fern) < Middle Low German brake thicket

brake3

[breyk] /breɪk/
noun
1.
any of several large or coarse ferns, especially the bracken, Pteridium aquilinum.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English brake, probably by back formation from braken bracken, taken as plural

brake4

[breyk] /breɪk/
verb, Archaic.
1.
simple past tense of break.
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  • Tom, brought suddenly out of his fit of musing, jammed on the brakes, and steered to one side.

  • He sounded two long whistle blasts as a signal to throw off brakes.

    Cab and Caboose Kirk Munroe
  • Ostrander, with his hand on the wheel, his feet on the brakes, slipped through the crowded streets unchallenged.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • Tom had shut off the engine and applied the brakes, as the girls shrieked.

  • Philip drew a long breath: there was a cloud of dust; the women in the brakes were laughing.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for brakes

brake1

/breɪk/
noun
1.
  1. (often pl) a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle, wheel, shaft, etc, or for keeping it stationary, esp by means of friction See also drum brake, disc brake, hydraulic brake, air brake, handbrake
  2. (as modifier): the brake pedal
2.
a machine or tool for crushing or breaking flax or hemp to separate the fibres
3.
Also called brake harrow. a heavy harrow for breaking up clods
4.
short for brake van
5.
short for shooting brake
6.
an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage Also spelt break
7.
an obsolete word for rack1 (sense 4)
verb
8.
to slow down or cause to slow down, by or as if by using a brake
9.
(transitive) to crush or break up using a brake
Derived Forms
brakeless, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Middle Dutch braeke; related to breken to break

brake2

/breɪk/
noun
1.
an area of dense undergrowth, shrubs, brushwood, etc; thicket
Word Origin
Old English bracu; related to Middle Low German brake, Old French bracon branch

brake3

/breɪk/
noun
1.
another name for bracken (sense 1) See also rock brake

brake4

/breɪk/
verb
1.
(archaic, mainly biblical) a past tense of break
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Word Origin and History for brakes

brake

n.

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.

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

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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Slang definitions & phrases for brakes

brakes

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stand on one's brakes

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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