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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. (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.
  • verb
    archaic past of break

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