from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes, couplings etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes


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