disc brake


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

Illustration of disc brake

Illustration of disc brake
  • 1 caliper
  • 2 disc

Examples of disc brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the first electric self-starter in 1912—on a Cadillac—to automatic transmissions, disc brakes, turbochargers, and all the rest, high-end vehicles offered more profit margin to offset the costs of the new technologies. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 This top-selling model features tires with reliable tread, a suspension fork, disc brakes and 24 speeds for impressive performance. Jennifer Manfrin, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2023 Front disc brakes make the car almost safe, and the Javelin wears 30-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 29 July 2023 Proper front disc brakes and an enhanced suspension are fitted to complement the more powerful drivetrain, while a full instrument panel in the upper air-vent center keeps the driver apprised of engine behavior. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2023 The big four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock are excellent (70 mph to 0 takes a sports-car-like 167 feet) and, along with traction control, are standard. Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, 6 July 2023 Tough 260mm disc brake rotors control the front, while the 13-inch rear wheel has a 210mm hydraulic disc brake. Josh Max, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Note: The UPPAbaby Ridge was recalled in 2022 because the rear disc brakes had openings that could cause amputation or laceration if a child’s fingertip gets caught in them. Jessica Booth, Parents, 10 July 2023 Because of the condition of the road (pristine), the sight lines (excellent) and the equipment (gotta love disc brakes), my anxiety quickly surrendered to exhilaration. Lori Rackl, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disc%20brake. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

disc brake

: a brake that operates by the friction of two plates pressing against the sides of a rotating disc
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