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).
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
the caboose of a railway train. Historical Examples While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson Minimum Gauge Railways Arthur Heywood noun (railways, Brit) the coach or vehicle from which the guard applies the brakes; guard’s van
(in a windmill) a bevel gearwheel rotating with the wind shaft. Historical Examples King Spruce, A Novel Holman Day Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6) John McElroy Campmates Kirk Munroe The Iron Horse R.M. Ballantyne Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6 Various
the action of a brake or set of brakes, as in stopping a vehicle. brakes collectively.
Shipbuilding. mask (def 19).