a flexible strap, usually of steel, lined with a friction-producing material and tightened against a brake drum to produce a braking action.
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a strip of fabric, leather, or metal tightened around a pulley or shaft to act as a brake


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  • Brake-drum

    a narrow metal cylinder, fixed to a rotating shaft or wheel, against which brake shoes or brake bands act. noun the cast-iron drum attached to the hub of a wheel of a motor vehicle fitted with drum brakes See also brake shoe

  • Brake–fade

    a gradual loss of braking power resulting from decreased friction between the lining and the drum or disc of the brake and usually caused by overheating.

  • Brake-fluid

    the fluid used in a brake system to transmit pressure from the brake pedal to the pistons at each wheel, producing the braking action. noun an oily liquid used to transmit pressure in a hydraulic brake or clutch system

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    the horsepower made available by an engine or turbine for driving machinery other than itself, as measured by a dynamometer. noun the rate at which an engine does work, expressed in horsepower. It is measured by the resistance of an applied brake bhp

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