- n a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
- n any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
- n large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
- n an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
- n anything that slows or hinders a process
she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage
new legislation will put the brakes on spending
- v stop travelling by applying a brake
We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road
- v cause to stop by applying the brakes
brake the car before you go into a curve
- If planes could brake themselves on the air and alight as abruptly as birds do by reversing the thrust that gives them flight, aviation would be vastly safer and more convenient.
- E-Mail a Friend The car of the future looks something like this: It has no engine, no steering column and no brake pedal.
- Trabants smoked like an Iraqi oil fire, when they ran at all, and often lacked even the most basic of amenities, like brake lights or turn signals.
- Princess Diana in Times Online
In it, the Princess wrote: "This particular phase of my life is the most dangerous - my husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy."
- Lewis Hamilton in New York Times
I was locking and locking and locking,Hamilton said. "It's a shame as the car felt so good this last couple of days, but we haven't had many brake problems this year."
- Fabian Cancellara in Vancouver Sun
At the end I couldn't do anything. I had to brake hard, and ended up doing a bit of a somersault once I landed,said Cancellara, who admitted he was slowly starting to feel the pain of his tumble. "Now with the time passing I feel like my...