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jake brake Syllabification: jake brake

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of jake brake in English:


An engine brake for truck diesel engines that cuts off fuel flow and interrupts the transfer of mechanical energy to the drive mechanism.


1980s: from the Jacobs Company, who invented the most common implementation of the technology that the brake is based on.

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