parking brake

noun
park·​ing brake | \ ˈpär-kiŋ- How to pronounce parking brake (audio) \

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Examples of parking brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make sure your car is in gear, with the parking brake set and the tires that will stay on the ground chocked in place. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Rotate Your Tires," 5 Oct. 2020 Hit the parking brake and enjoy a night of family fun at The Landmark at Greenwood Village’s Drive-In Movie Nights. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "Watch a movie in a socially-distanced “pod” under the stars in Aurora," 3 Aug. 2020 The wiring harness may have an incorrect wire connected to the parking brake, allowing the leveling jacks to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is in motion. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for June 25-July 2," 3 July 2020 If park isn't engaging, the software should automatically apply the parking brake, FCA said. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep Cherokee rollaway risk leads to recall from FCA," 18 June 2020 Fortunately, the Veloster still features that simplest of controls that works so well at bringing out the child in us when driving in slippery conditions: a manual parking brake lever. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Our Hyundai Veloster N Demands to Be Heard," 30 Mar. 2020 In the dash, an analog speedometer keeps the retro feeling alive but is augmented with a digital display that shows information such as range, if the car is plugged into a charger, and if the parking brake is on. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "VW Microbus EV Conversion Merges Powertrain Tech, Old-School Cool," 20 Mar. 2020 Hickey said the crew members should have been knocking on windows, reminding motorists to put their cars in park and engage the parking brakes. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "After fatal plunge from Florida ferry, women found embracing in back of sunken car," 20 Feb. 2020 The quick-thinking officer put the parking brake on before ordering the three people out of the car. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Emergency! There’s somebody else’s cardboard box in my recycling bin!," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of parking brake

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parking brake was in 1924

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10 Oct 2020

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“Parking brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parking%20brake. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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parking brake

noun
How to pronounce parking brake (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parking brake

US : a piece of equipment in a car, truck, etc., that prevents the vehicle from moving when it is parked or stops the vehicle if the main brakes fail

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