brake shoe


noun

a rigid plate, usually of steel in the shape of an arc of a cylinder, coated on the outside of its curved surface with a friction-producing material and tightened against the inside of a brake drum to produce a braking action.
(on a bicycle) one of two metal blocks holding rubber pads that, when the hand brake is activated, press against the rotating wheel to produce a braking action.Compare caliper(def 6).

Nearby words

  1. brake light,
  2. brake lining,
  3. brake pad,
  4. brake parachute,
  5. brake pedal,
  6. brake van,
  7. brake wheel,
  8. brake-fade,
  9. brake-van,
  10. brakeage

Origin of brake shoe

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

Also called shoe.

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British Dictionary definitions for brake shoe

brake shoe

noun

the curved metal casting to which the brake lining is riveted in a drum brake
the curved metal casting together with the attached brake lining
Sometimes shortened to: shoe

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