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1. A device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle, especially by contact friction.
2. Something that slows or stops action.
v. braked, brak·ing, brakes
To reduce the speed of with or as if with a brake.
1. To operate or apply a brake.
2. To be slowed or stopped by or as if by the operation of a brake.
[Early Modern English brake, bridle, curb (for a horse), perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, nose ring, curb, flax brake; see brake2.]
1. A toothed device for crushing and beating flax or hemp.
2. A heavy harrow for breaking clods of earth.
3. An apparatus for kneading large amounts of dough.
4. A machine for bending and folding sheet metal.
tr.v. braked, brak·ing, brakes
1. To crush (flax or hemp) in a toothed device.
2. To break up (clods of earth) with a harrow.
A lever or handle on a machine such as a pump.
[Middle English, from Old French brac, from oblique form of bras, arm; see bracer2.]
1. Any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants.
2. Any of certain other ferns, such as bracken.
[Middle English, probably back-formation from braken; see bracken.]
An area overgrown with dense brushwood, briers, and undergrowth; a thicket.
n. also break
A high horse-drawn carriage with four wheels.
A past tense of break.
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|Noun||1.||brakes - a braking device consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle|
brake - a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
brake band - a band that can be tightened around a shaft to stop its rotation
hydraulic brake, hydraulic brakes - brake system in which a brake pedal moves a piston in the master cylinder; brake fluid then applies great force to the brake pads or shoes
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