brakeman

noun
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 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, baltimoresun.com, "Charles L. Amos, a retired railroader who became a noted painter of iconic railroad scenes, dies," 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, "'Knots Landing' star Kevin Dobson, who starred in 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Kojak,' dies at 77," 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, "The train’s social order is threatened in latest Snowpiercer trailer," 23 Apr. 2020 The family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where Imus joined the Marines before taking jobs as a freight train brakeman and uranium miner. Washington Post, "DJ Don Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 The family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where Imus joined the Marines before taking jobs as a freight train brakeman and uranium miner. BostonGlobe.com, "COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Disc jockey Don Imus, whose career was made and then undone by his acid tongue during a decades-long rise to radio stardom and an abrupt public plunge after a nationally broadcast racial slur, has died . He was 79.," 28 Dec. 2019 The family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where Imus joined the Marines before taking jobs as a freight train brakeman and uranium miner. Arkansas Online, "DJ Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 28 Dec. 2019 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, "Snowpiercer series finally coming to TNT, and here’s the first teaser to prove it," 16 Jan. 2020 The family moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where Imus joined the Marines before taking jobs as a freight train brakeman and uranium miner. Arkansas Online, "DJ Imus, made and betrayed by his mouth, dead at 79," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of brakeman

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brakeman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brakeman. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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brakeman

noun
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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