brake

To brake is to stop. The noun brake is the pedal in the car that stops the vehicle when pressed. When you want to brake, step on the brake)!

In Middle English breken meant things that stopped others, such as a bridle for a horse. If your bicycle screeches at the bottom of every hill, maybe you should have the brakes checked. French Poet Paul Valery saw a brake as a stopping agent for more than just a vehicle: “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.”

Primary Meanings of brake

1.
nv
a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
stop travelling by applying a brake
2.
n
an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
3.
n
any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
Full Definitions of brake
1

n a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle

Types:
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brake system, brakes
a braking device consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle
coaster brake
a brake on a bicycle that engages with reverse pressure on the pedals
emergency, emergency brake, hand brake, parking brake
a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
power brake
a brake on an automobile that magnifies a small force applied to the brake pedal into a proportionately larger force applied to slow or stop the vehicle
airbrake
a vehicular brake that operates by compressed air; especially for heavy vehicles
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
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

n anything that slows or hinders a process

“she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage”
“new legislation will put the brakes on spending”
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

v stop travelling by applying a brake

“We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road”
Type of:
halt, stop
come to a halt, stop moving

v cause to stop by applying the brakes

brake the car before you go into a curve”
Types:
skid
apply a brake or skid to
Type of:
stop
cause to stop
2

n an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant

Type of:
brush, brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket
a dense growth of bushes
3

n any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants

Type of:
fern
any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores

n large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan

Synonyms:
Pteridium aquilinum, bracken, pasture brake
Type of:
fern
any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores

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