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.”

Definitions of brake
  1. noun
    a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
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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
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    constraint, restraint
    a device that impede's something's motion
  2. noun
    anything that slows or hinders a process
    “new legislation will put the brakes on spending”
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    constraint, restraint
    a device that impede's something's motion
  3. verb
    stop travelling by applying a brake
    “We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road”
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    halt, stop
    come to a halt, stop moving
  4. verb
    cause to stop by applying the brakes
    brake the car before you go into a curve”
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    skid
    apply a brake or skid to
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    stop
    cause to stop
  5. noun
    an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
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    brush, brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket
    a dense growth of bushes
  6. noun
    any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
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    fern
    any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
  7. noun
    large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
    synonyms: Pteridium aquilinum, bracken, pasture brake
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    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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