noun Date: 1833 1. a freight or passenger train crew member who inspects the train and assists the conductor 2. the member of a bobsled team who operates the brake

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  • Brakeman — Brake man (br[=a]k man), n.; pl. {Brakemen} (br[=a]k men). [1913 Webster] 1. (Railroads) A man in charge of a brake or brakes. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining) The man in charge of the winding (or hoisting) engine for a mine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brakeman — ☆ brakeman [brāk′mən ] n. pl. brakemen [brāk′mən] 1. a railroad worker who operated the brakes on a train, but is now chiefly an assistant to the conductor 2. the last person on a bobsled team, who operates the brake, controlling skids and… …   English World dictionary

  • Brakeman — A brakeman is a trainboard rail transport worker in the U.S. Historically, the brakeman was the person who would walk the length of a train atop the cars while the train is in motion and turn the brake wheel on each car to apply the train s… …   Wikipedia

  • brakeman — /brayk meuhn/, n., pl. brakemen. 1. a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train. 2. brake1 (def. 4). [1825 35; BRAKE1 + MAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • brakeman — noun A railroad employee responsible for a trains brakes, couplings etc Syn: brakesman …   Wiktionary

  • brakeman — n. one who assists the conductor of a train and oversees the operation of the train s brakes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brakeman — noun (plural brakemen) 1》 (Brit. also brakesman) chiefly N. Amer. a railway worker responsible for a train s brakes. 2》 a person in charge of the brakes in a bobsleigh …   English new terms dictionary

  • brakeman — brake·man …   English syllables

  • brakeman — brake•man [[t]ˈbreɪk mən[/t]] n. pl. men rai a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • brakeman — n. (pl. men) 1 US an official on a train, responsible for maintenance on a journey. 2 a person in charge of brakes. Etymology: BRAKE(1) + MAN …   Useful english dictionary

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