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1. A device for slowing or stopping a vehicle or wheel; especially, by friction: The hand brake failed to stop the car.
2. An instrument for separating the fiber of flax, hemp, etc. by bruising or crushing it: The museum had a fine example of a brake for flax in the weaving house.
1. To separate into parts or fragments; to shatter: Such a strong vibration will break the wine glasses that are on the shelf.
2. To crack without separating something into parts: The glass used for drinking will break with a crack, or cracks, if it is knocked over.
When Sam was driving in the winter, he had to suddenly brake the car; as a result, he hit the telephone pole and it caused the windshield to break. He was very relieved that he didn't break any of his bones.
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brake-adjusting wrench (s) (noun)
, brake-adjusting wrenches (pl)
A tool used to adjust or to modify the brake shoes of a vehicle.
electric brake, electromagnetic brake
1. A braking system whose force is supplied by an adjustable spring counteracted by a solenoid, a centrifugal thruster, and an actuator, in which the actuating force is supplied by current flowing through a solenoid or an electromagnet.
2. An emergency braking system which is automatically applied to an electric-powered apparatus when a power failure occurs.
3. An electric brake design in which the electromagnet is a small disc (spot) attached to an actuating lever is supplied by current flowing through a solenoid, or through an electromagnet which is attracted to disks on the rotating member, actuating the brake shoes.
This force is counteracted by the force of a compression spring.
4. The contact component of an electric braking system.
electromechanical brake, electromechanical brakes
A brake whose force is obtained partly as a result of the attraction of two magnetized surfaces and partly by mechanical processes.
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1. Any device designed to slow or to stop the motion of a vehicle or machine by the use of friction in a controlled manner.
2. A mechanical device that stops a car by converting its kinetic energy into heat.
Most cars use disk brakes, which use pads to cause friction against disks inside the wheels to slow them down or to stop them.
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antilock brake system, ABS
An electronic control system that applies a car's brakes in short bursts to prevent skidding.
Jan knows a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
An engine's horsepower measured without the loss in power caused by the gearbox, generator, differential, water pump, and other auxiliaries; determined by a brake attached to the drive shaft and recorded on a dynamometer (device used in testing for efficiency and torque).