1. handbrake Noun. (automotive) The lever in a motor car which operates the brakes when applied by pulling with the hand.
1. Noun. (mechanics)   A rigid piece which is capable of turning about one point, or axis (the ''fulcrum''), and in which are two or more other points where forces are applied; — used for transmitting and modifying force and motion.
2. Noun. A small such piece to trigger or control a mechanical device (like a button).
3. Noun. (mechanics)   A bar, as a capstan bar, applied to a rotatory piece to turn it.
4. Noun. (mechanics)   An arm on a rock shaft, to give motion to the shaft or to obtain motion from it.
5. Verb. (transitive) To move with a lever#Noun|lever.
6. Verb. (figuratively|transitive) To use, operate like a lever#Noun|lever.
7. Verb. (chiefly|_|UK|finance) To increase the share of debt in the capitalization of a business.
8. Adverb. (obsolete) rather|Rather.
9. Noun. (rare) A levee.
1. Noun. A fern; bracken. (defdate|from 14th c.)
2. Noun. A thicket, or an area overgrown with briers etc. (defdate|from 15th c.)
3. Noun. A tool used for breaking flax or hemp. (defdate|from 15th c.)
4. Noun. A type of machine for bending sheet metal. (See wikipedia:Brake (box and pan)|wikipedia.)
5. Noun. A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after ploughing; a drag.
6. Verb. (transitive) To bruise and crush; to knead
7. Verb. (transitive) To pulverise with a harrow
8. Noun. (obsolete) The winch of a crossbow. (defdate|14th-19th c.)
9. Noun. (chiefly|_|nautical) The handle of a pump.
10. Noun. A device used to slow or stop the motion of a wheel, or of a vehicle, by friction; also, the controls or apparatus used to engage such a mechanism such as the pedal in a car. (defdate|from 18th c.)
11. Noun. (figuratively) Something used to retard or stop some action, process etc.
12. Noun. The act of braking, of using a brake to slow down a machine or vehicle
13. Noun. A baker's kneading trough.
14. Noun. A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him.
15. Noun. An enclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
16. Noun. That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
17. Noun. (military) An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista.
18. Noun. (engineering) An apparatus for testing the power of a steam engine or other motor by weighing the amount of friction that the motor will overcome; a friction brake.
19. Noun. A cart or carriage without a body, used in break in|breaking in horses.
20. Verb. (intransitive) To operate (a) brake(s).
21. Verb. (intransitive) To be stopped or slowed (as if) by braking.
22. Noun. (obsolete) A cage. (defdate|16th-17th c.)
23. Noun. (now|_|historical) A type of torture instrument. (defdate|from 16th c.)
24. Verb. (archaic) (en-past of|break)