brake·​man | \ ˈbrāk-mən How to pronounce brakeman (audio) \

Definition of brakeman

1 : a freight or passenger train crew member who inspects the train and assists the conductor
2 : the member of a bobsled team who operates the brake

Examples of brakeman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a whim that same year, he was hired on by the Union Pacific railroad, working as a brakeman, and later, an engineer. Jesse Will, Outside Online, 15 Mar. 2022 Humphries began as an alternate brakeman for Team Canada at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2022 The four-man event, in which Williamson competes as a brakeman in Hunter Church‘s sled, begins Saturday at the Yanqing National Sliding Center while Hoffman’s two-woman event begins Thursday. Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 Meyers Taylor has won silver medals as a driver at the last two Games, as well as a bronze as a brakeman in 2010. USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2022 And Schroeder later met Regis Schilling, a brakeman on the train who also was a linoleum artist. cleveland, 2 Feb. 2022 Eager to leave being a clerk and getting into actual railroad operations, Mr. Amos went to work as a brakeman and after being furloughed became a fireman shoveling coal into the fireboxes of steam engines. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 18 Nov. 2020 Born in New York City on March 18, 1943, Dobson was a brakeman and conductor on the Long Island Railroad, a semi-professional baseball player and served as an MP during the Vietnam era before breaking into acting. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2020 The show's large ensemble cast also includes Mickey Sumner (The Borgias, also daughter of musician Sting) as brakeman Bess Till, who stumbles upon a mystery that threatens the train's status quo. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of brakeman

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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brake·​man | \ ˈbrāk-mən How to pronounce brakeman (audio) \
plural brakemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of brakeman

: a crew member on a train who inspects the train and helps the conductor


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