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  • adj. Preventing from becoming stuck or jammed (i.e. locked). Especially applies to anti-lock brakes which are designed to continue rotating for better steering control while slowing the vehicle, rather than "locking" and causing the car to skid.


anti- + lock (Wiktionary)


  • We also pioneered many safety features that are taken for granted today, including crumple zones that absorb the energy of a crash, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control.

    Stephen Cannon: HuffPost Gamechangers: Technology

  • Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes ventilated front, solid rear, anti-lock brake protection, electronic brake-force distribution, side air bags, rear head air bags, and electronic stability and traction control.

    Details on the 2011 Nissan Altima 2.5S sedan

  • The grass made it difficult for the tires to get a purchase, and the anti-lock mechanism vibrated softly.

    Backlash « A Fly in Amber

  • If a man is concerned about safety, focus on the airbags and anti-lock brakes.

    Start making sales

  • Do they merely lose their anti-lock brake systems, whereupon everything reverts back to simple, safely-working hydraulics?

    Steve Parker: Toyota/Honda Recall -- What's Really Happening?

  • Whether it was the automatic transmission or anti-lock brakes, it was usually American automakers that developed them.

    Readers tell us why they stand by their American-made cars

  • BMW recently said it would make anti-lock brakes standard on its motorcycles, following studies that found a big potential safety benefit.

    Antilock Brakes Aren't Just for Four Wheels

  • When GM launched a redesign of the Aveo in 2007, a key bragging point was that it was the lowest-cost car sold in the U.S. It had crank windows, undersized tires and lacked air conditioning and anti-lock brakes.

    GM's Cheapest Gets Pricier

  • The announcement follows an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study showing that motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without them.

    U.S. motorcycle deaths drop again

  • Meanwhile, a major motorcycle manufacturer is announcing an innovation that could improve safety for some riders: BMW Motorrad USA says it will be the first manufacturer to offer anti-lock brakes on all its motorcycles, beginning with the 2012 model year.

    U.S. motorcycle deaths drop again

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