Brake shoe

In mechanical engineering, a brake shoe (or a shoe or a brake block) is the part of the brake that holds the brake pad as it moves against the inside lining of the brake drum, the running face of a train wheel or the plate (disc) of a disc brake to stop or slow down its rotation. This type of shoe is commonly referred to as the brake block. It can also be the plate between moving parts (and / or stationary parts) to allow friction as a means of adjustment. It can also be the one of the rectangular open boxes which are mounted on the brake calipers of bicycle and that hold the brake pads which rub on the rim of a bicycle wheel to slow the bicycle down or stop it. A type of brake shoes are used on track brakes.


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  • Brake shoe — Brake Brake (br[=a]k), n. [OE. brake; cf. LG. brake an instrument for breaking flax, G. breche, fr. the root of E. break. See Break, v. t., and cf. {Breach}.] 1. An instrument or machine to break or bruise the woody part of flax or hemp so that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brake shoe — brake′ shoe n. 1) trs a rigid curved plate, usu. of steel coated with a friction producing material, tightened against the inside of a brake drum to produce a braking action 2) trs (on a bicycle) a metal block holding a rubber pad, pressed… …   From formal English to slang

  • brake shoe — brake ,shoe noun count a curved metal part of a BRAKE in some vehicles that presses on the wheel to slow it down …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brake shoe — ► NOUN ▪ a long curved block which presses on to a brake drum …   English terms dictionary

  • brake shoe — ☆ brake shoe n. a block or plate curved to fit the shape of a wheel or drum and forced against it to act as a brake …   English World dictionary

  • brake shoe — brake .shoe n one of the two curved parts that press against the wheel of a vehicle in order to make it go more slowly or stop …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brake shoe — That part of the brake system, located at the wheels, upon which the brake lining is attached. There are usually two shoes (curved or arc shaped pieces) in each wheel. When the wheel cylinders are actuated by hydraulic pressure they force the… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • brake shoe — noun a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel s rotation • Syn: ↑shoe, ↑skid • Derivationally related forms: ↑skid (for: ↑skid) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • brake shoe — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms brake shoe : singular brake shoe plural brake shoes a curved metal part of a brake in some vehicles that presses on the wheel to slow it down …   English dictionary

  • brake shoe — 1. 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. 2. (on a… …   Universalium

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