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brake

noun \ ˈbrāk \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of brake

1 : a device for arresting or preventing the motion of a mechanism usually by means of friction
  • apply the brakes
  • took his foot off the brake
2 : something used to slow down or stop movement or activity
  • use interest rates as a brake on spending

brakeless

play \ˈbrā-kləs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of brake

perhaps from obsolete brake bridle

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brake

verb

Definition of brake

braked; braking
1 : to operate or manage a brake; especially : to apply the brake on a vehicle
  • brake around the curves
2 : to become checked by a brake
  • The train braked to a stop.
: to slow or stop by or as if by a brake (see 1brake)
  • braking a tractor

Examples of brake in a Sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of brake

see 1brake

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brake

noun

Definition of brake

botany : the common bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

Origin and Etymology of brake

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

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brake

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 and Etymology of brake

Middle English, from Middle Low German; akin to Old English brecan to break

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brake

noun

Definition of brake

geography : rough or marshy land overgrown usually with one kind of plant
  • cedar brakes
  • coastal brakes

braky

play \ˈbrā-kē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of brake

Middle English -brake

Other Automotive Terms


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brake

Definition of brake

Other Automotive Terms


BRAKE Defined for English Language Learners

brake

Definition of brake for English Language Learners

  • : to use the brake on a vehicle


BRAKE Defined for Kids

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brake

noun \ ˈbrāk \

Definition of brake for Students

: a device for slowing or stopping motion (as of a wheel) usually by friction

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brake

verb

Definition of brake for Students

braked; braking
: to slow or stop by using a brake
  • I had to brake suddenly.


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