Brake rubber
Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that it may be separated from the fiber. [1913 Webster]

2. An extended handle by means of which a number of men can unite in working a pump, as in a fire engine. [1913 Webster]

3. A baker's kneading though. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

4. A sharp bit or snaffle. [1913 Webster]

Pampered jades . . . which need nor break nor bit. --Gascoigne. [1913 Webster]

5. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc. [1913 Webster]

A horse . . . which Philip had bought . . . and because of his fierceness kept him within a brake of iron bars. --J. Brende. [1913 Webster]

6. That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mil.) An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista. [1913 Webster]

8. (Agric.) A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after plowing; a drag. [1913 Webster]

9. 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. [1913 Webster]

10. (Engin.) 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. [1913 Webster]

11. A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in horses. [1913 Webster]

12. An ancient instrument of torture. --Holinshed. [1913 Webster]

{Air brake}. See {Air brake}, in the Vocabulary.

{Brake beam} or {Brake bar}, the beam that connects the brake blocks of opposite wheels.

{Brake block}. (a) The part of a brake holding the brake shoe. (b) A brake shoe.

{Brake shoe} or {Brake rubber}, the part of a brake against which the wheel rubs.

{Brake wheel}, a wheel on the platform or top of a car by which brakes are operated.

{Continuous brake} . See under {Continuous}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Brake — (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that it may be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brake bar — Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brake beam — Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brake block — Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brake shoe — Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brake wheel — Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brake fluid — is a type of hydraulic fluid used in hydraulic brake applications in motorcycles, automobiles, light trucks, and some advanced bicycles. It is used to transfer force under pressure from where it is created through hydraulic lines to the braking… …   Wikipedia

  • brake shoe — brake′ shoe n. 1) trs a rigid curved plate, usu. of steel coated with a friction producing material, tightened against the inside of a brake drum to produce a braking action 2) trs (on a bicycle) a metal block holding a rubber pad, pressed… …   From formal English to slang

  • brake shoe — noun a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel s rotation • Syn: ↑shoe, ↑skid • Derivationally related forms: ↑skid (for: ↑skid) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brake run — A brake run on a roller coaster is any section of track meant to slow or stop a roller coaster train.[1] Brake runs may be located anywhere along the circuit of a coaster and may be designed to bring the train to a complete halt or to simply… …   Wikipedia

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