emergency brake


Definition of 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 When stopped, turn off your lights, set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake. Michael Donohue, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 His valuables and money were not stolen, and his car was on and in gear with the emergency brake deployed when his body was found. Traci Rosenbaum, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 But investigators were still trying to determine whether Lee had neglected to use the emergency brake or whether the truck had malfunctioned in some way. Amy Qin, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Fourteen people were killed when the lead cable of the Mottarone funicular overlooking Lake Maggiore in northern Italy snapped and the emergency brake failed to prevent the cable car from reeling backward down the support line. Fox News, 30 May 2021 Prosecutors believe the cable-car company deactivated the emergency brake because otherwise the facility would have had to close, and a full repair would have been costly. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, 26 May 2021 This ‘emergency brake’ will not apply to EU residents who find themselves overseas at that point, nor essential travelers. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 20 May 2021 At the same time, to limit the risk of coronavirus variants entering the E.U., the council agreed on a new emergency brake mechanism allowing member states to act quickly and in a coordinated manner. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Therefore as counter-balance, the Commission proposes a new ‘emergency brake' mechanism, to be coordinated at EU level and which would limit the risk of such variants entering the EU. David Meyer, Fortune, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of emergency brake

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emergency brake was in 1900

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3 Jul 2021

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“Emergency brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergency%20brake. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emergency brake

chiefly US : a special brake (such as a parking brake in an automobile) that can be used for stopping when the main brakes fail


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