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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)
    another term for brake van
    verb
    Make a moving vehicle slow down or stop by using a brake. (she had to brake hard to avoid a milk float)
  • noun
    An open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels. (The cost of travelling by alternative means such as coach or brake was prohibitive over a season, so the railways were vital.)
  • noun
    A toothed instrument used for crushing flax and hemp.
  • noun
    A thicket. (It is one of those thickets or brakes in which the cane grows from twelve to thirty feet in height.)
  • noun
    A coarse fern of warm and tropical countries, frequently having the fronds divided into long linear segments.

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