emergency brake
noun Date: 1900 a brake (as on an automobile) that can be used for stopping in the event of failure of the main brakes and to keep the vehicle from rolling when parked

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • emergency brake — emergency brakes N COUNT In a vehicle, the emergency brake is a brake which the driver operates with his or her hand, and uses, for example, in emergencies or when parking. [mainly AM] (in BRIT, use handbrake) …   English dictionary

  • Emergency brake — An emergency brake is a separate brake system in a vehicle for use in case of failure of the regular (hydraulic or air) brakes and commonly used as a parking brake in automobiles. * For road vehicles, see Hand brake * For trains, see Emergency… …   Wikipedia

  • emergency brake — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms emergency brake : singular emergency brake plural emergency brakes American a handbrake in a car …   English dictionary

  • emergency brake — noun a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage • Syn: ↑hand brake, ↑emergency, ↑parking brake • Hypernyms: ↑brake • Part Holonyms: ↑motor vehicle, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • emergency brake — 1. Also called parking brake. a special brake used to prevent a motor vehicle from rolling after it has stopped or been parked. Cf. brake1 (def. 1). 2. any brake meant to stop a vehicle in an emergency. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • emergency brake — e mergency ,brake noun count AMERICAN the piece of equipment in a car that you use for preventing the car from moving when it is parked, or in an emergency. The brake that you usually use for stopping the car is called the foot brake …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • emergency brake — noun A brake which can be used by passengers in a vehicle to stop in event of an emergency …   Wiktionary

  • emergency brake — A braking system which is independent of the main hydraulic system. It can be used to slow or stop the vehicle if the primary brakes fail, or to hold the vehicle stationary though the brake pedal is not depressed. It usually consists of a foot… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • emergency brake — emer′gency brake n. aum a hand or pedal operated brake used to prevent a motor vehicle from rolling, esp. after it has been parked • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • emergency brake — e mergency .brake n AmE a piece of equipment in a car that you pull up with your hand to stop the car from moving = ↑handbrake …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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