plural e-brakes
: emergency brake
… most new cars these days have an e-brake feature that you activate with the press of a button, an activity that is 100% less exciting than pulling the handbrake at 45 mph and steering hard left or right.Erik Shilling

Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of e-brake was in 1998

Dictionary Entries Near e-brake

Cite this Entry

“E-brake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?