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brake
  • noun
    A device for slowing or stopping a moving vehicle, typically by applying pressure to the wheels. (he slammed on his brakes)
  • noun
    An open, horse-drawn, four-wheeled carriage.
  • noun
    A toothed instrument used for crushing flax and hemp. (The farmer passed handfuls of flax through a tool called a flax brake to break up the hard inner core.)
  • noun
    A thicket.
  • noun
    A coarse fern of warm and tropical countries, frequently having the fronds divided into long linear segments. (Their repeated experiments with the brake fern showed that it is capable of reducing initial arsenic concentration of 200 micrograms per litre by a hundredfold within 24 hours.)
  • verb
    archaic past of break

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