Entry from US English dictionary
The approximate distance traveled before coming to a complete stop when the brakes are applied in a vehicle moving at a specified speed.
- The braking distance for a vehicle travelling at 100k is considerably longer than 54 yards.
- Although the patent still needs the funding of a manufacturer, the prototype I used gave me consistently smoother stops and significantly shorter braking distances (up to 48% shorter than my standard brake on the same turf!).
- The actual ‘stopping’ distance is therefore a combination of reaction distance and braking distance.
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Syllabification: brak·ing dis·tance
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