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Meaning of brake

brake

Pronunciation: (brāk), [key]
— n., v., braked, brak•ing.
—n.
  1. a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle or other moving mechanism by the absorption or transfer of the energy of momentum, usually by means of friction.
  2. the drums, shoes, tubes, levers, etc., making up such a device on a vehicle.
  3. anything that has a slowing or stopping effect.
  4. Also calleda member of a bobsled team who operates the brake.
  5. Also calleda tool or machine for breaking up flax or hemp, to separate the fiber.
  6. Also calleda machine for bending sheet metal to a desired shape.
  7. an old instrument of torture.
—v.t.
  1. to slow or stop by means of or as if by means of a brake.
  2. to furnish with brakes.
  3. to process (flax or hemp) by crushing it in a brake.
—v.i.
  1. to use or run a brake.
  2. to stop or slow upon being braked.
  3. to run a hoisting machine.

brake

Pronunciation: (brāk), [key]
— n.
  1. a place overgrown with bushes, brambles, or cane.

brake

Pronunciation: (brāk), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several large or coarse ferns, esp. the bracken, Pteridium aquilinum.

brake

Pronunciation: (brāk), [key]
— v. Archaic.
  1. pt. of
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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