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airbrake a brake or brake system operated by the force of compressed air against a piston.
back-pedal to press backward on the pedals of a bicycle or tricycle in order to brake. [1/3 definitions]
brake1 to cause to slow down or stop with or as if with a brake. [3/5 definitions]
brake band a lined, flexible, usu. steel band around a brake drum, which, when tightened, creates the friction of a braking action.
brake shoe a curved plate of lined metal that creates friction when pressed against a wheel or brake drum, creating a braking action.
coaster brake a brake on freewheeling bicycles operated by reverse pressure on the pedals.
cut off to pass (another driver) in an aggressive manner that usually causes the other driver to brake suddenly. [1/8 definitions]
disc brake a brake that operates by use of pressure exerted from two fixed pads against a rotating disc, as in an automobile.
foot brake any brake requiring pressure of the foot, as in an automobile and on some bicycles.
shoe something that resembles a shoe in function or appearance, such as the apparatus on an automobile brake. [1/5 definitions]
stoplight a light on the back of a vehicle that lights up when the driver presses the brake pedal; brake light. [1/2 definitions]