There are 6 main definitions of brake in English:

brake1

Syllabification: brake
Pronunciation: /brāk
 
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noun

1A device for slowing or stopping a moving vehicle, typically by applying pressure to the wheels: he slammed on his brakes [as modifier]: a brake pedal
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  • And it uses the same technology as ESP by applying engine and brake control to the vehicle.
  • Yes, the gearbox was a bit saggy and I was alarmed at how much pressure the brake pedal needed to do an emergency stop, but other than this, all was well.
  • Pressing the DSC switch briefly disables the engine intervention, and uses the wheel brakes to control wheel spin.
1.1A thing that slows or hinders a process: managers have a duty to put the brakes on growth when it is unsustainable
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  • Don't be surprised if your child wants to put the brakes on the process once she has told you.
  • The authorities in China have already acted to put the brakes on credit growth.
  • In effect, for ideological reasons the administration put the brakes on one of the most promising lines of biomedical research.
Synonyms

verb

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Make a moving vehicle slow down or stop by using a brake: drivers who brake abruptly (as adjective braking) an anti-lock braking system
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  • When I realised I urgently needed to stop I braked hard and my foot slipped off the pedal.
  • During this he drove through red traffic lights, forced other vehicles to brake to avoid collisions, weaved in and out of traffic, and reached 85 mph.
  • He braked but the vehicle would not stop and they collided with the wall.
Synonyms
slow down, slow, decelerate, reduce speed, stop

Origin

late 18th century: of unknown origin.

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There are 6 main definitions of brake in English:

brake2

Syllabification: brake
Pronunciation: /brāk
 
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noun

historical
An open, horse-drawn, four-wheeled carriage.
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  • The cost of travelling by alternative means such as coach or brake was prohibitive over a season, so the railways were vital.

Origin

mid 19th century.

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There are 6 main definitions of brake in English:

brake3

Syllabification: brake
Pronunciation: /brāk
 
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noun

1A toothed instrument used for crushing flax and hemp.
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  • The farmer passed handfuls of flax through a tool called a flax brake to break up the hard inner core.
  • After drying again, the stems were broken in a flax brake (flailing a wooden knife against a wooden block).
  • This process usually requires a flax brake, a wooden device consisting of two hinged blades.
1.1 (also brake harrow) A heavy machine formerly used in agriculture for breaking up large lumps of earth.
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  • To reduce such ground, a large heavy harrow, generally termed a brake, is commonly employed.

Origin

late Middle English: possibly related to Middle Low German brake and Dutch braak, and perhaps also to break.

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There are 6 main definitions of brake in English:

brake4

Syllabification: brake
Pronunciation: /brāk
 
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noun

archaic or literary
A thicket. See also canebrake, fernbrake.
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  • It is one of those thickets or brakes in which the cane grows from twelve to thirty feet in height.

Origin

Old English bracu (first recorded in the plural in fearnbraca 'thickets of fern'), related to Middle Low German brake 'branch, stump'.

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There are 6 main definitions of brake in English:

brake5

Syllabification: brake
Pronunciation: /brāk
 
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(also brake fern)

noun

1A coarse fern of warm and tropical countries, frequently having the fronds divided into long linear segments.
  • Genus Pteris, family Pteridaceae
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  • Their repeated experiments with the brake fern showed that it is capable of reducing initial arsenic concentration of 200 micrograms per litre by a hundredfold within 24 hours.
  • Four-month-old Chinese brake fern (P. vittata), slender brake fern (P. ensiformis), and Boston fern (N. exaltata) were obtained from a commercial nursery.
  • Pteris vittata, or brake fern, could potentially be used to clean up the poison, which is both naturally occurring in soil and unnaturally present in farm chemicals, wood preservatives, and other products.
1.1 archaic term for bracken.
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  • The word brake or bracken is one of the many plant names from which some of our English surnames are derived, as Brack, Breck, Brackenridge, etc.
  • The names bracken and brake are sometimes also applied to other large, coarse ferns and, as general terms, to a thicket of such plants.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps an abbreviation of bracken (interpreted as plural).

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