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Definition of Brake


  1. imp. of Break.
  2. 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.
  3. A thicket; a place overgrown with shrubs and brambles, with undergrowth and ferns, or with canes.
  4. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that it may be separated from the fiber.
  5. An extended handle by means of which a number of men can unite in working a pump, as in a fire engine.
  6. A baker's kneading though.
  7. A sharp bit or snaffle.
  8. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
  9. That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
  10. An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista.
  11. A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after plowing; a drag.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in horses.
  15. An ancient instrument of torture.
  16. of Break

Brake Quotations

The daughters of God don't brake for jerks.
Marianne Williamson

I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone.
Steven Wright

One of the things I like about the computer that I use is that I can write a program on it or I can download a program on to it and run it. That's kind of important to me, and that's also kind of important to the whole future of the internet... obviously a closed platform is a serious brake on innovation.
Tim Berners-Lee

The brutal reality about aging is that it has only an accelerator pedal. We have yet to discover whether a brake exists for people.
Dan Buettner

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.
Paul Valery
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Brake Translations

brake in Afrikaans is rem
brake in Danish is bremse
brake in Dutch is afremmen, remmen
brake in Finnish is jarru
brake in French is freinez, freiner, freinent, frein, freinons
brake in German is Farn, Bremse, Bremse
brake in Italian is estro, frenare
brake in Spanish is frenar, freno
brake in Swedish is broms
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