emergency brake


: a brake (as on an automobile) that can be used for stopping in the event of failure of the main brakes and to keep the vehicle from rolling when parked

Examples of emergency brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The operator then spotted the snowplow ahead and applied the emergency brakes on the train, made up of two, nearly decade-old 5000-series cars, which is CTA’s most common railcar model. Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2024 No one was injured by the runaway train and it was eventually stopped using emergency brakes and by placing stones on the track, preventing a major accident. CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 All automakers face defect investigations and recalls — today, Ford was forced to recall nearly 900,000 F-150 trucks over emergency brakes that could activate while driving — but Tesla is unique in its ability to address some defects with software updates. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 1 Aug. 2023 According to a Washoe County Sheriff’s Department report, the emergency brake on the snowplow had not been properly applied as Renner exited the vehicle, resulting in its movement. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 But several high-speed crashes in testing saw the series fit an emergency brake to the rear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 July 2023 The engineer saw the vehicle and applied the emergency brakes but was not able to stop the train. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 Over the past few years, as foot-traffic to the area boomed, trains have had to apply their emergency brakes because of tourists who got dangerously close, including standing near the tracks and even sitting on the rail. Time, 21 Aug. 2023 If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emergency brake was in 1900

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“Emergency brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergency%20brake. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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