hand brake

noun

variants or handbrake
plural hand brakes or handbrakes
: an emergency brake operated by a hand lever
The handbrake can help to prevent accidents when the foot brake fails to stop the vehicle during an emergency.Tech Startups

Examples of hand brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What to Consider The scooter relies on a hand brake for stopping rather than a foot brake. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 The handlebar adjusts effortlessly and the hand brake is a great feature that’s intuitive to use. Jessica Booth, Parents, 23 Aug. 2023 The jury found the crew had failed to inspect air pressure and hand brakes which had been jammed by a previous collision at 12th and Russ Boulevard. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2023 The cushioned handlebar can adjust between three different heights and features a hand brake right in the center, for whenever quick stops are necessary. Jessica Booth, Parents, 10 July 2023 The other part of the problem was in the hand brakes themselves. Dan Schwartz, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2023 Because of a previous brake failure, 33 cars had their hand brakes on as the train rolled downhill toward Hyndman. Dan Schwartz, ProPublica, 3 Apr. 2023 Ford has announced that the 2024 Mustang will get an optional drift brake—basically a hydraulic hand brake for the rear wheels. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Apr. 2023 The 33 cars with hand brakes left on were toward the head of the train, and 13 of those were empty. Dan Schwartz, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hand brake was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Hand brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20brake. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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