disc brake


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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disc brake: 1 caliper, 2 disc

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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 Four-wheel disc brakes have reassuring grip from 11.5-inch vented rotors front and 10.8-inch solid discs rear with brake-disc drying, brake assist and brake-force distribution. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The ride quality is comfortable and the handling is confident, with four-wheel regenerative disc brakes that channel kinetic energy back to the battery. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Prius Prime: Nothing fancy, just 640 miles on a tank," 8 June 2018 It has been lowered, shaved, and has disc brakes from a ’67 Pontiac, rocker trim from a ’66 Bonneville, window channel trim from a ’65 Buick, dual pinstripe whitewall tires and hubcaps with chrome bullets from a ’62 Tempest. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "1965 Pontiac Bonneville passed hands from one friend to another," 7 July 2018 High-octane fuels, disc brakes, hydraulic shock absorbers and other improvements developed during the war made their way onto race cars. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here are the six best Indy 500s ever — by generation | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 The curb weight is husky at 3,729 pounds (safety features and all-wheel drive are weighty), but there is strong stopping power from the four-wheel, vented disc brakes with 13.6-inch rotors front and 11.9-inch rear. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volvo XC40: Small but packed with innovation," 27 Apr. 2018 Other standard features include a MacPherson strut front suspension and five-link rear suspension; electric power steering; four-wheel disc brakes, with GM’s Duralife rotors; and an electronic parking brake. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "GMC’s 2018 Acadia crossover offers All-Terrain version for off-road jaunts | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Feb. 2018 There is secure braking from the regenerative four-wheel disc brakes, with 12-inch vented rotors front, 11.06-inch solid rotors rear. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE: A 'Young Sheldon' genius of midsize sedans," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of disc brake

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disc brake was in 1865

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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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