from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who operates, inspects, or repairs brakes, especially a railroad employee who assists the conductor and checks on the operation of a train's brakes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A man whose business is to apply the brakes on a railroad-train which are operated by hand.
  • noun 2. In mining, the man in charge of the winding-engine.
  • noun Sometimes spelled breakman, and in Great Britain often called brakesman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Railroads) A man in charge of a brake or brakes.
  • noun (Mining) The man in charge of the winding (or hoisting) engine for a mine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes, couplings etc

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes


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