from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle, especially by contact friction.
- n. Something that slows or stops action.
- transitive v. To reduce the speed of with or as if with a brake.
- intransitive v. To operate or apply a brake.
- intransitive v. To be slowed or stopped by or as if by the operation of a brake.
- n. A toothed device for crushing and beating flax or hemp.
- n. A heavy harrow for breaking clods of earth.
- n. An apparatus for kneading large amounts of dough.
- n. A machine for bending and folding sheet metal.
- transitive v. To crush (flax or hemp) in a toothed device.
- transitive v. To break up (clods of earth) with a harrow.
- n. A lever or handle on a machine such as a pump.
- n. Any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants.
- n. Any of certain other ferns, such as the bracken or the cliff brake.
- n. An area overgrown with dense brushwood, briers, and undergrowth; a thicket.
- n. Variant of break.
- v. Archaic A past tense of break.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of machine for bending sheet metal. (See wikipedia.)
- v. To bruise and crush; to knead
- v. To pulverise with a harrow
- n. The handle of a pump.
- n. Something used to retard or stop some action, process etc.
- n. The act of braking, of using a brake to slow down a machine or vehicle
- v. To operate (a) brake(s).
- v. To be stopped or slowed (as if) by braking.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of break.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of break.
- n. A fern of the genus Pteris, esp. the Pteris aquilina, common in almost all countries. It has solitary stems dividing into three principal branches. Less properly: Any fern.
- n. A thicket; a place overgrown with shrubs and brambles, with undergrowth and ferns, or with canes.
- n. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that it may be separated from the fiber.
- n. An extended handle by means of which a number of men can unite in working a pump, as in a fire engine.
- n. A baker's kneading though.
- n. A sharp bit or snaffle.
- n. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
- n. That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
- n. An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista.
- n. A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after plowing; a drag.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in horses.
- n. An ancient instrument of torture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obsolete or archaic preterit of break.
- n. A break; brack; flaw.
- n. A mechanical device for arresting the motion of a vehicle: now usually classed with brake, see braken., 9.
- To vomit.
- To vomit; cast up.
- n. A tool or machine for breaking up the woody portion of flax, to loosen it from the harl or fibers.
- n. The handle or lever by which a pump is worked.
- n. A bakers' kneading-machine.
- n. A sharp bit or snaffle: as, “a snaffle bit or brake,”
- n. An apparatus for confining refractory horses while being shod.
- n. A medieval engine of war analogous to the ballista.
- n. A large heavy harrow for breaking clods after plowing. Also called drag.
- n. A kind of wagonette. A large and heavy variety of this vehicle is used for breaking in young horses to harness.
- n. Any mechanical device for arresting or retarding the motion of a vehicle or car by means of friction.
- n. The fore part of a carriage, by which it is turned.
- n. A basket-makers' tool for stripping the bark from willow wands.
- n. An old instrument of torture. Also called the Duke of Exeter's daughter.
- To crack or break (the stalks of flax) in order to separate the woody portions from the fiber. Now written break.
- To retard or stop the motion of by the application of a brake.
- n. A place overgrown with bushes or brushwood, shrubs, and brambles; a thicket, in the United States, a cane-brake, that is, a tract of ground overgrown with cane, Arundinaria macrosperma.
- n. A single bush, or a number of bushes growing by themselves.
- n. The name given to Pteris aquilina and other large ferns. See Pteris.
- n. In cracker-baking, a machine for rolling dough, to be used in making gingersnaps and other thin cakes, into sheets ready for the panning-machine.
- n. In sheet-metal work, a machine for bending and forming sheet-metal, used in making larger forms such as metal cornices; a cornice-brake.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. anything that slows or hinders a process
- v. stop travelling by applying a brake
- v. cause to stop by applying the brakes
- n. an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
- n. large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
- n. any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
- n. a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
Probably brake, bridle, curb, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, nose ring, curb, flax brake; see brake2.
Middle English, from Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, from Old French brac, from oblique form of bras, arm; see bracer2.
Middle English, probably back-formation from braken; see bracken.
Middle English, from Middle Low German; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently a shortened form of bracken. (Compare chick, chicken.) (Wiktionary)
Compare Middle Low German brake. (Wiktionary)
From Old Dutch braeke. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
Inflected forms. (Wiktionary)