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Carbon brush

a small block of carbon used to convey current between the stationary and moving parts of an electric generator, motor, etc
Historical Examples

When replacing the block, care must be exercised in pushing the carbon brush into the socket.
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag


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