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brake shoe

a rigid plate, usually of steel in the shape of an arc of a cylinder, coated on the outside of its curved surface with a friction-producing material and tightened against the inside of a brake drum to produce a braking action.
(on a bicycle) one of two metal blocks holding rubber pads that, when the hand brake is activated, press against the rotating wheel to produce a braking action.
Compare caliper (def 6).
Also called shoe.
Origin of brake shoe
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for brake shoe
  • The second feature is a unique cam design that applies the brake shoe.
  • The brake shoe linings were fluid-soaked with the lining-to-drum friction contact surfaces being wet.
  • All disc brakes are self adjusting and therefore they require no periodic readjusting to compensate for brake shoe wear.
  • Rather, a spinning cast iron puck is forced against an actual brake shoe to wear a divot into the surface.
  • Boat trailers equipped with trailer brakes need to be monitored for brake shoe wear.
  • Investigators found one car with inoperative brakes and one brake shoe that was missing on another car.
  • Slack adjusters control the contact of the brake shoe with the brake drum.
British Dictionary definitions for brake shoe

brake shoe

the curved metal casting to which the brake lining is riveted in a drum brake
the curved metal casting together with the attached brake lining
Sometimes shortened to shoe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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