press-brake Unabridged


1 [breyk]
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. 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.
verb (used with object), braked, braking.
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.
verb (used without object), braked, braking.
to use or run a brake.
to stop or slow upon being braked.
to run a hoisting machine.

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German; akin to break

brakeless, adjective

8. halt, arrest, stay, restrain; curb, curtail. Unabridged
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brake1 (breɪk)
1.  a.  (often plural) drum brake disc brake hydraulic brake air brake See also handbrake a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle, wheel, shaft, etc, or for keeping it stationary, esp by means of friction
 b.  (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.  Also spelt: break an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage
7.  an obsolete word for rack
8.  to slow down or cause to slow down, by or as if by using a brake
9.  (tr) to crush or break up using a brake
[C18: from Middle Dutch braeke; related to breken to break]

brake2 (breɪk)
an area of dense undergrowth, shrubs, brushwood, etc; thicket
[Old English bracu; related to Middle Low German brake, Old French bracon branch]

brake3 (breɪk)
another name for bracken See also rock brake

brake4 (breɪk)
archaic, biblical chiefly a past tense of break

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from O.Du. braeke "flax brake," from breken "to break" (see break). The word was applied to many crushing implements, and the ring through the nose of a draught ox. It was influenced in sense by O.Fr. 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.

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