disc brake

noun

Definition of disc brake

: a brake that operates by the action of a frictional material pressed against the sides of a rotating disc by a caliper

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Illustration of disc brake

disc brake: 1 caliper, 2 disc

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Braking is capable with heavy-duty vented four-wheel disc brakes with 14.1-inch front rotors and 14.3 inches rear. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Nissan NV 3500 High Roof: The sky is the limit," 1 June 2018 When coasting, or when the driver applies just a little brake in a situation such as lumbering down a gentle hill, eTorque operates on pure regen, in which the truck's conventional disc brakes are disabled. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 It's got a front suspension with 63mm of travel for a smoother ride, along with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Faster and farther: Bulls Cross E8 electric bike review," 14 July 2018 For hard braking, such as in an emergency, regen is disabled and only the traditional disc brakes are used to stop the truck. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 The brake pedal is on the left, connected to disc brakes supplied by AP (pictured below). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The brakes are completely electronic, unlike some other scooters that also include manual hand brakes or disc brakes. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 Photo: Jaguar The Zero resto-mod process retains the original double-wishbone front suspension, unassisted rack-and-pinion steering, and hydraulic disc brakes, including the rear inboard brakes. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Four-wheel disc brakes have 11.6-inch vented rotors front and 11.9-inch solid rotors rear. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disc brake was in 1865

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disc brake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disc brake

: a brake that works by two plates pressing against the sides of a disc that is connected to the center of a wheel

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