Pronunciation: brāk
imp.1.imp. of Break.
1.(Bot.) A fern of the genus Pteris, esp. the Pteris aquilina, common in almost all countries. It has solitary stems dividing into three principal branches. Less properly: Any fern.
2.A thicket; a place overgrown with shrubs and brambles, with undergrowth and ferns, or with canes.
He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for stone.
- Sir W. Scott.
Cane brake
a thicket of canes. See Canebrake.
1.An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that it may be separated from the fiber.
2.An extended handle by means of which a number of men can unite in working a pump, as in a fire engine.
3.A baker's kneading though.
4.A sharp bit or snaffle.
Pampered jades . . . which need nor break nor bit.
- Gascoigne.
5.A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
6.That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
7.(Mil.) An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista.
8.(Agric.) A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after plowing; a drag.
9.A piece of mechanism for retarding or stopping motion by friction, as of a carriage or railway car, by the pressure of rubbers against the wheels, or of clogs or ratchets against the track or roadway, or of a pivoted lever against a wheel or drum in a machine.
10.(Engin.) An apparatus for testing the power of a steam engine, or other motor, by weighing the amount of friction that the motor will overcome; a friction brake.
11.A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in horses.
12.An ancient instrument of torture.
Air brake
See Air brake, in the Vocabulary.
Brake beam
the beam that connects the brake blocks of opposite wheels.
Brake block
a - The part of a brake holding the brake shoe.
b - A brake shoe.
Brake shoe
the part of a brake against which the wheel rubs.
Brake wheel
a wheel on the platform or top of a car by which brakes are operated.
Continuous brake
See under Continuous.
Noun1.Brakebrake - a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
2.brake - any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
3.Brakebrake - large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
4.brake - an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
Verb1.brake - stop travelling by applying a brake; "We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road"
2.brake - cause to stop by applying the brakes; "brake the car before you go into a curve"
arrest, backpedal, backwater, bar, bearing rein, bit, block, boscage, bosket, bring to, bring up short, canebrake, ceja, chain, chamisal, chaparral, check, checkmate, checkrein, chock, clip the wings, clog, constraint, control, coppice, copse, copsewood, countercheck, covert, curb, curb bit, cut short, dam, damper, deadlock, delay, detain, doorstop, drag, drag sail, draw rein, drift anchor, drift sail, drogue, ease off, ease up, fetter, freeze, frith, halt, hold back, hold in check, hold up, holdback, impede, keep back, let down, let up, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, martingale, moderate, motte, obstruct, pelham, pull up, put paid to, reef, rein, rein in, relax, remora, restraint, restriction, retard, scotch, sea anchor, set back, shackle, slack off, slack up, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, snaffle, spoke, stalemate, stall, stay, stem, stem the tide, stop cold, stop dead, stop short, stymie, take in sail, thicket, thickset, throttle down, trammel
Translate Brake to Spanish, Translate Brake to German, Translate Brake to French
-- Brake --
brake band
Brake beam
Brake block
brake cylinder
brake disk
brake drum
brake failure
Brake horse power
brake light
brake lining
brake pads
brake pedal
brake shoe
brake system
Brake wheel
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