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).
Origin of brake shoe
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
Also called shoe.
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British Dictionary definitions for brake shoe
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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