[+car, bike] frein m
→ The brakes began locking.
→ the front brake of the bike
→ You can take the financial brakes off in June.
to apply the brakes freiner
→ I had to apply the brakes rather abruptly at a red light.
to put a brake on sth
(=slow down) mettre un frein à qch
→ Illness had put a brake on his progress.
[+car] freiner → He lit a cigarette and braked the car slightly. vi
[driver, car] freiner → As he braked a tyre burst. → He heard tires squeal as the car braked to avoid a collision. → She braked hard.
n (on truck, bus, train)
frein m à air comprimé , (on plane)
n patin m de frein
[+vehicle] câble m de frein
→ The car's brake cables had been cut.
[+vehicle] liquide m de frein
→ Check your oil and brake fluid regularly.
n feu m stop
[+vehicle] plaquettes fpl de frein
→ I had the brake pads replaced at 15,000 miles.
n pédale f de frein
n frein m à disque
emergency brake (mainly US)
(=handbrake) frein m à main
n (US) frein m à main