Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of holding back.
  • n. Something held back.
  • n. A device that retains or restrains.
  • n. A strap or an iron catch between the shaft and the harness on a drawn wagon, allowing the horse to stop or back up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. restraint (act or result of holding back, device that restrains)
  • n. The projection or loop, on the thill of a vehicle, to which a strap of the harness is attached, to hold back a carriage when going downhill, or in backing.
  • n. The strap or part of the harness so used.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Check; hindrance; restraint; obstacle.
  • n. The projection or loop on the thill of a vehicle. to which a strap of the harness is attached, to hold back a carriage when going down hill, or in backing; also, the strap or part of the harness so used.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Check; hindrance; restraint.
  • n. The iron or strap on the shaft or pole of a vehicle to which the breeching or backing-gear is attached.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. refrain from doing
  • v. keep under control; keep in check
  • v. secure and keep for possible future use or application
  • v. wait before acting
  • v. hold back; keep from being perceived by others
  • v. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

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  • "A strap or an iron catch between the shaft and the harness on a drawn wagon, allowing the horse to stop or back up." --AHD

    April 12, 2012