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  • 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.
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  • 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...

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