Brake - imp. of Break.
Brake - n. A fern of the genus Pteris, esp. the P. aquilina, common in
almost all countries. It has solitary stems dividing into three
principal branches. Less properly: Any fern.
Brake - n. A thicket; a place overgrown with shrubs and brambles, with
undergrowth and ferns, or with canes.
Brake - v. t. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody
part of flax or hemp so that it may be separated from the fiber.
Brake - v. t. An extended handle by means of which a number of men can
unite in working a pump, as in a fire engine.
Brake - v. t. A baker's kneading though.
Brake - v. t. A sharp bit or snaffle.
Brake - v. t. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith
is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
Brake - v. t. That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or
engine, which enables it to turn.
Brake - v. t. An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and
Brake - v. t. A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after plowing; a
Brake - v. t. 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.
Brake - v. t. 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.
Brake - v. t. A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in
Brake - v. t. An ancient instrument of torture.
Brake - of Break