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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disc brake: 1 caliper, 2 disc

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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 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

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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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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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