Meaning of BRAKE in English


Function: noun

Etymology: perhaps from obsolete brake bridle

Date: circa 1782

1 : a device for arresting or preventing the motion of a mechanism usually by means of friction

2 : something used to slow down or stop movement or activity <use interest rates as a brake on spending>

– brake · less \ ' br ā -kl ə s \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.