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Westinghouse brake

noun
1.
a railroad air brake operated by compressed air.
Origin
named after G. Westinghouse, its inventor
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Westinghouse brake

/ˈwɛstɪŋˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a braking system, invented by Westinghouse in 1872 and adopted by US railways, in which the brakes are held off by compressed air in the operating cylinder: controlled leakage of the air or a disruptive emergency causes the brakes to be applied. The system is used on most heavy vehicles and is replacing the vacuum system on many railways
Word Origin
named after George Westinghouse (1846–1914), US inventor and manufacturer
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