drum brake


: a brake that operates by the friction of usually a pair of shoes pressing against the inner surface of the cylinder of a rotating drum compare disc brake

Examples of drum brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, its electric combination braking system features a front drum brake, rear disc brake, and electric brake. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 15 May 2022 This Electric Combination Braking System consists of a front drum brake, rear disc brake and electric brake, to give you enhanced control and responsiveness while enabling fast braking. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 25 May 2021 But the front disc and rear drum brakes are not particular effective at arresting the Jimny's roughly 2450 pounds. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 26 May 2020 Most series production road cars in 2020 have discs instead of drum brakes, at least in the front. Stephen Williams, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 The clutch engages gradually and the drum brakes aren't too grabby. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 28 Nov. 2018 All LimeBikes are also equipped with drum brakes designed for cold-weather, Lucci said. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, 3 May 2018 In spite of its rear drum brakes and a squishy, overboosted brake pedal, the Versa managed to stop in a class-competitive 176 feet. Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2018 Also included are four-wheel disc brakes (an upgrade from rear drum brakes) and alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen display with six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto infotainment and dual charging USBs. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drum brake was in 1882

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“Drum brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20brake. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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