brakeman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brakeman a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brakeman (Railroads) A man in charge of a brake or brakes.
    • Brakeman (Mining) The man in charge of the winding (or hoisting) engine for a mine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brakeman A man whose business is to apply the brakes on a railroad-train which are operated by hand.
    • n brakeman In mining, the man in charge of the winding-engine.
    • n brakeman Sometimes spelled breakman, and in Great Britain often called brakesman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Brakeman the man whose business it is to manage the brake of a railway-train
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From root of Break; cf. Dut. braak, a flax-brake.

Usage

In literature:

On the opposite side of the cab the brakeman lay on the cushions fast asleep.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
No one saw her; not even a brakeman.
"Hetty's Strange History" by Helen Jackson
The brakeman's life is full of risk and little comfort, and such moments as these were all too few.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The Canadians borrowed the brakeman's lantern, and began to study a map which they spread out on their knees.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
It reminds one of the story of the brakeman who was persuaded to go to church.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Tom is a greasy, three-fingered brakeman on the Central.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
The brakeman drew him to one side before he left him.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
A brakeman entered to call out the final stop.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Many's the poor brakeman's fingers I've saved by rubbin 'em in some one's thick head o' hair.
"Camilla: A Tale of a Violin" by Charles Barnard
I, however, persisted, and sometimes was soundly beaten by the conductor and brakeman.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
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In poetry:

Brakeman tell me
Got a powerful ways to go;
He don't know my feelin's
Baby, when he's talkin' so.
"Long Track Blues" by Sterling A Brown

In news:

HERE'S this little railroad on the Brooklyn waterfront with 1.5 miles of track, one locomotive and a three-man crew -- the engineer, the conductor and the brakeman.
Photo submitted – Daniel Florio , 36, is shown working aboard a Tioga Central Railroad locomotive where he is an engineer, conductor and brakeman.
Previously, Walker had been named the four-man's brakeman, or pusher.
Bright eyes if the brakeman turns my way cassadaga saddle creek.
As people shop at the Farmer's Market at Singing Brakeman Park on Thursday, they get only a sample of what Earth's Bounty Festival will be like on Saturday.
The battle for that spot will focus more attention than ever before on the importance of the brakeman, says Nathan Cicoria, high-performance director for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.
USA's pilot Steven Holcomb and brakeman Curtis Tomasevicz compete in the two-man bobsled World Cup competition in Park City, Utah.
Canada 1 pilot Lyndon Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden make a run in the two-man bobsled World Cup competition, Friday, Nov 9, 2012, in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Canada 1 pilot Lyndon Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden make a run in the two-man bobsled World Cup competition, on Nov 9, 2012, in Lake Placid, N.Y THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mike Groll.
Here are the results by weight class with each wrestlers who is ranked in the Brakeman Report and by Josh Lowe at Intermatwrestle.com.
As people shop at the Farmer's Market at Singing Brakeman Park on Thursday, they get only a sample of what Earth 's Bounty Festival will be like on Saturday.
Canada 3 pilot Justin Kripps with pushers James McNaughton and Luke Demetre and brakeman Nick Carriere compete in the men's bobsleigh World Cup competition on in Lake Placid.
Jean Racine , the top American women's bobsledder, could end up changing her brakeman again because Gea Johnson has a hamstring injury.
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