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Meaning of BRAKE

Pronunciation:  breyk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
  2. [n]  an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
  3. [n]  large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
  4. [n]  any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
  5. [v]  cause to stop by applying the brakes
  6. [v]  stop travelling by applying a brake; "We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road"

BRAKE is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bracken, pasture brake, Pteridium aquilinum
 See Also: airbrake, brake system, brakes, brush, brushwood, coaster brake, constraint, coppice, copse, emergency, emergency brake, fern, genus Pteridium, genus Pteris, halt, hand brake, parking brake, Pteridium, Pteris, restraint, skid, stop, thicket, wheeled vehicle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brake\ (br[=a]k),
    imp. of {Break}. [Arhaic] --Tennyson.
  2. \Brake\, n. [OE. brake fern; cf. AS. bracce fern, LG.
    brake willow bush, Da. bregne fern, G. brach fallow; prob.
    orig. the growth on rough, broken ground, fr. the root of E.
    break. See {Break}, v. t., cf. {Bracken}, and 2d {Brake}, n.]
    1. (Bot.) A fern of the genus {Pteris}, esp. the {P.
       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.
             Rounds rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough, To
             shelter thee from tempest and from rain. --Shak.
             He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for
             stone.                                --Sir W.
    {Cane brake}, a thicket of canes. See {Canebrake}.
  3. \Brake\ (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an
    instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E.
    break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.]
    1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part
       of flax or hemp so that it may be separated from the
    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. --Johnson.
    4. A sharp bit or snaffle.
             Pampered jades . . . which need nor break nor bit.
    5. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith
       is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle,
       horses, etc.
             A horse . . . which Philip had bought . . . and
             because of his fierceness kept him within a brake of
             iron bars.                            --J. Brende.
    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
    12. An ancient instrument of torture. --Holinshed.
    {Air brake}. See {Air brake}, in the Vocabulary.
    {Brake beam} or {Brake bar}, 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} or {Brake rubber}, 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}.
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