brake lining

noun
the material, usually asbestos combined with other materials, used as the friction-producing element of a brake.

Origin:
1920–25

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brake lining
 
n
a curved thin strip of an asbestos composition riveted to a brake shoe to provide it with a renewable surface

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Example sentences
Brake lining pad separated from the metal brake shoe.
The brake lining failed and was torn away from the brake drum.
The power screw clamps the disc or rotor between the brake lining pads of a
  caliper, similar to a large c-clamp.
The increase in rope brake effectiveness may be attributed to the grooves worn
  into the brake lining by the suspension ropes.
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