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brake

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\ˈbrāk\

Definition of brake

  1. archaic past of break




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brake

noun

Definition of brake

  1. :  the common bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)



Origin of brake

Middle English, fern, probably back-formation from braken bracken


First Known Use: 14th century


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brake

noun

Definition of brake

  1. 1 :  a toothed instrument or machine for separating out the fiber of flax or hemp by breaking up the woody parts

  2. 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

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brake

noun

Definition of brake

  1. :  rough or marshy land overgrown usually with one kind of plant

braky play \ˈbrā-kē\ adjective


Origin of brake

Middle English -brake


First Known Use: 1562


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brake

noun

Definition of brake

  1. 1 :  a device for arresting or preventing the motion of a mechanism usually by means of friction

  2. 2 :  something used to slow down or stop movement or activity <use interest rates as a brake on spending>

brake·less play \ˈbrā-kləs\ adjective


Origin of brake

perhaps from obsolete brake bridle


First Known Use: circa 1782

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brake

verb

Simple Definition of brake

  • : to use the brake on a vehicle

Full Definition of brake

brakedbrak·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to retard or stop by or as if by a brake

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to operate or manage a brake; especially :  to apply the brake on a vehicle

  5. 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>



1868

First Known Use of brake

1868

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