drum brake

noun

Definition of 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 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, "2020 Suzuki Jimny Is an Adorable and Tiny Off-Road Box that We Can't Buy," 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, "High-Tech Tires, From Pit Lane to Your Garage," 13 Feb. 2020 The clutch engages gradually and the drum brakes aren't too grabby. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018 All LimeBikes are also equipped with drum brakes designed for cold-weather, Lucci said. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Dockless bike sharing program comes to Morgan Park," 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, "2018 Nissan Versa," 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, "2018 Hyundai Accent: An overachiever with high ideals," 9 Feb. 2018 Steering and braking — with rear drum brakes — have consistent and balanced inputs — and most won’t know (or care) there are rear drums. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Hyundai Accent: An overachiever with high ideals," 9 Feb. 2018 For disc brakes that means pads and rotors, and for drum brakes that means shoes and drums. Matt Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Resurrect a Sleeping Car," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of drum brake

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Drum brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20brake. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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