verb (used with object), braked, brak·ing.
verb (used without object), braked, brak·ing.
Origin of brake1
OTHER WORDS FROM brakebrake·less, adjective
Words nearby brake
Definition for brake (2 of 5)
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verb (used with object), broke or (Archaic) brake; bro·ken or (Archaic) broke; break·ing.
- to open or force one's way into (a dwelling, store, etc.).
- to contest (a will) successfully by judicial action.
- to release (a story) for publication or airing on radio or television: They will break the story tomorrow.
- to continue (a story or article) on another page, especially when the page is not the following one.
- (of a pitcher, bowler, etc.) to hurl (a ball) in such a way as to cause it to change direction after leaving the hand: He broke a curve over the plate for a strike.
- (in tennis and other racket games) to score frequently or win against (an opponent's serve).
verb (used without object), broke or (Archaic) brake; bro·ken or (Archaic) broke; break·ing.
- an opportunity or stroke of fortune, especially a lucky one.
- a chance to improve one's lot, especially one unlooked for or undeserved.
- one or more blank lines between two paragraphs.
- breaks. suspension points.
- to leave or escape, especially suddenly or hurriedly.
- to sever connections or allegiance, as to tradition or a political group.
- to start prematurely: The horse broke away from the starting gate.
- to become ineffective.
- to lose control; weaken: He broke down and wept at the sad news.
- to have a physical or mental collapse.
- to cease to function: The car broke down.
- to itemize: to break down a hotel bill into daily charges.
- Chemistry. to separate (a compound) into its constituent molecules.
- Electricity. (of an insulator) to fail, as when subjected to excessively high voltage, permitting a current to pass.
- to decompose.
- to analyze.
- to classify.
- to separate into constituent parts: to break down a beef carcass into basic cuts.
- to enter by force or craft: Someone broke in and made off with all the furniture.
- to train or instruct; initiate: The boss is breaking in a new assistant.
- to begin to wear or use in order to make comfortable: These shoes haven't been broken in.
- to interrupt: He broke in with a ridiculous objection.
- to run (new machinery) initially under reduced load and speed, until any stiffness of motion has departed and all parts are ready to operate under normal service conditions; run in; wear in.
- to interpose; interrupt: He broke into the conversation at a crucial moment.
- to begin some activity.
- to be admitted into; enter, as a business or profession: It is difficult to break into the theater.
- to enter by force: They broke into the store and stole the safe.
- to sever by breaking.
- to stop suddenly; discontinue: to break off a conversation; to break off relations with one's neighbors.
- to begin abruptly; arise: An epidemic broke out.
- Pathology. (of certain diseases) to appear in eruptions.
- (of a person) to manifest a skin eruption.
- to prepare for use: to break out the parachutes.
- to take out of (storage, concealment, etc.) for consumption: to break out one's best wine.
- Nautical. to dislodge (the anchor) from the bottom.
- to escape; flee: He spent three years in prison before he broke out.
- to separate into categories or list specific items: to break out gift ideas according to price range; The report breaks out quarterly profits and losses.
- to separate; scatter.
- to put an end to; discontinue.
- to divide or become divided into pieces.
- to dissolve.
- to disrupt; upset: Television commercials during a dramatic presentation break up the continuity of effect.
- (of a personal relationship) to end: to break up a friendship; Their marriage broke up last year.
- to end a personal relationship: Bob and Mary broke up last month.
- to be or cause to be overcome with laughter: The comedian told several jokes that broke up the audience.
- to sever relations with; separate from: to break with one's family.
- to depart from; repudiate: to break with tradition.
Origin of break
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH breakbrake break
Example sentences from the Web for brake
Counterfeit airbags and brake pads have become more of a problem, as have electrical devices that catch on fire.Museum of Fakes for a City of Fakes |William O’Connor |June 25, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury.Was Princess Diana Murdered by the British Military? |Nico Hines |August 18, 2013 |DAILY BEAST
She is also author of I Brake for Yard Sales, a New York Times bestseller about interior design from Abrams Books.
A large ball rolls out into the street, too close for you to brake.Are Driverless Cars Really in Our Near Future? |Megan McArdle |January 24, 2013 |DAILY BEAST
As the planet rotates, the water in the oceans moves about and serves to brake the spin of the planet.How Long Is a Year? Is the Earth Slowing Down? And Other Questions About Time |Neil Shubin |January 6, 2013 |DAILY BEAST
What defect in the feed valve will cause the brake pipe pressure to equalize with that in the main reservoir?
If Tregear will go with me to the Brake, I can mount him for a day or two.
As the indignant Master of the Brake Hounds said this the very fire flashed from his eyes.
A small spring, U, keeps the ends of the pieces apart and allows the free turning of the axle until the brake lever is drawn.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 |Various
If the brake cylinder pipe breaks, can the locomotive brake be applied with the automatic brake valve?
British Dictionary definitions for brake (1 of 5)
- (often plural) a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle, wheel, shaft, etc, or for keeping it stationary, esp by means of frictionSee also drum brake, disc brake, hydraulic brake, air brake, handbrake
- (as modifier)the brake pedal
Derived forms of brakebrakeless, adjective
Word Origin for brake
British Dictionary definitions for brake (2 of 5)
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British Dictionary definitions for brake (3 of 5)
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British Dictionary definitions for brake (5 of 5)
verb breaks, breaking, broke or broken
- to burst into song, laughter, etc
- to change to a faster pace
- (often foll by against) to strike violently
- to collapse into foam or surf
- (of the male voice) to undergo a change in register, quality, and range at puberty
- (of the voice or some instruments) to undergo a change in tone, quality, etc, when changing registers
- to eat a meal, esp with others
- Christianity to administer or participate in Holy Communion
- to relieve shyness or reserve, esp between strangers
- to be the first of a group to do something
- a series of successful shots during one turn
- the points scored in such a series
- the opening shot with the cue ball that scatters the placed balls
- the right to take this first shot
- jazz a short usually improvised solo passage
- an instrumental passage in a pop song
Word Origin for break
Idioms and Phrases with brake
In addition to the idioms beginning with break
- break a leg
- break away
- break bread
- break camp
- break cover
- break down
- break even
- break ground
- break in
- break into
- break it up
- break loose
- break of day
- break off
- break one
- break one's ass
- break one's back
- break one's balls
- break one's fall
- break one's neck
- break one's word
- break out
- break out of
- break ranks
- break someone
- break someone of something
- break someone's heart
- break someone's serve
- break someone up
- break the back of
- break the bank
- break the ice
- break the news
- break the record
- break through
- break up
- break wind
- break with
- get a break
- give someone a break
- make a break for it
- make or break
- never give a sucker an even break
- take a break
- tough break
Also see underbroke.