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Definition of "brake" []

  • A device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle, especially by contact friction. (noun)
  • Something that slows or stops action. (noun)
  • To reduce the speed of with or as if with a brake. (verb-transitive)
  • To operate or apply a brake. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be slowed or stopped by or as if by the operation of a brake. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brake" in a sentence
  • "Would, in light of the new and infinitely more complicated definition of the term brake, the NOBR AKES knuckle tat be even more ironic?"
  • "Having your foot on the brake is the equivalent of depressing the clutch."
  • "A disc brake is essentially unaffected by the elements and works just as well rain or shine."