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disc brake

noun, Automotive.
a brake system in which a disc attached to a wheel is slowed by the friction of brake pads being pressed against the disc by a caliper.
Origin of disc brake
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for disc brake
  • However, shortly thereafter the axle shifted and the disc brake started rubbing against other parts.
  • The workers produced castings for brake drums and disc brake rotors.
  • The air disc brake configuration showed better performance in this test over the other configurations for stopping efficiency.
  • disc brake stopping distance performance was better than that of drum brakes, and their frequency of repair was much lower.
  • The park brake was a lever-activated caliper disc brake, operated by an air operated cylinder with a spring mounted inside.
British Dictionary definitions for disc brake

disc brake

a type of brake in which two calliper-operated pads rub against a flat disc attached to the wheel hub when the brake is applied
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disc brake in Science
disc brake also disk brake

A brake in which friction is caused by a set of pads, usually made of steel, that press against a rotating disk to slow or stop its rotation.
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