Brakes help you slow down your car and bring it safely to a stop. When you hit the brakes, you bring your car to a slower speed.

Don't confuse brakes with breaks, which are periods of time in which activity stops, like coffee breaks or winter break. Both of these sound-alike words can also be verbs: you brake when your foot presses down on the pedal that makes a vehicle slow down. When you break for dinner, you stop working in order to eat, but if you break something, like a window, you cause damage — the thing you break no longer works.

Definitions of brakes

n a braking device consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle

brake system
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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
disc brake, disk brake
hydraulic brake in which friction is applied to both sides of a spinning disk by the brake pads
drum brake
hydraulic brake in which friction is applied to the inside of a spinning drum by the brake shoe
foot brake
hydraulic brake operated by pressing on a foot pedal
Type of:
a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle

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