2. A thicket; a place overgrown with shrubs and brambles, with undergrowth and ferns, or with canes. Rounds rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough, to shelter thee from tempest and from rain. (Shak) He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for stone. (Sir W. Scott) Cane brake, a thicket of canes. See Canebrake.
Origin: oe. Brake fern; cf. As. Bracce fern, LG. Brake willow bush, Da. Bregne fern, g. Brach fallow; prob. Orig. The growth on rough, broken ground, fr. The root of E. Break. See break, cf. Bracken, and 2d brake.
3. A baker's kneading though.
5. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him; also, an inclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc. A horse . . . Which philip had bought . . . And because of his fierceness kept him within a brake of iron bars. (j. Brende)
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.
12. An ancient instrument of torture. 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. The part of a brake holding the brake shoe. 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 continuous.