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brake

1brake

\ˈbrāk\

Definition of BRAKE

archaic past of break

2brake

noun

Definition of BRAKE

:  the common bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

Origin of BRAKE

Middle English, fern, probably back-formation from braken bracken
First Known Use: 14th century

3brake

noun

Definition of BRAKE

1
:  a toothed instrument or machine for separating out the fiber of flax or hemp by breaking up the woody parts
2
:  a machine for bending, flanging, folding, and forming sheet metal

Origin of BRAKE

Middle English, from Middle Low German; akin to Old English brecan to break
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

4brake

noun

Definition of BRAKE

:  rough or marshy land overgrown usually with one kind of plant
braky \ˈbrā-kē\ adjective

Origin of BRAKE

Middle English -brake
First Known Use: 1562

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

5brake

noun

Definition of BRAKE

1
:  a device for arresting or preventing the motion of a mechanism usually by means of friction
2
:  something used to slow down or stop movement or activity <use interest rates as a brake on spending>
brake·less \ˈbrā-kləs\ adjective

Origin of BRAKE

perhaps from obsolete brake bridle
First Known Use: circa 1782

Other Automotive Terms

articulated, block, choke, clutch, diesel, neutral, transmission

6brake

verb

: to use the brake on a vehicle

brakedbrak·ing

Full Definition of BRAKE

transitive verb
:  to retard or stop by or as if by a brake
intransitive verb
1
:  to operate or manage a brake; especially :  to apply the brake on a vehicle
2
:  to become checked by a brake

Examples of BRAKE

  1. I had to brake suddenly when a cat ran in front of the car.
  2. <braked the car sharply when someone pulled out in front of us>

First Known Use of BRAKE

1868

Other Automotive Terms

articulated, block, choke, clutch, diesel, neutral, transmission

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