Automatic safety feature which is employed on cranes or other equipment whereby excessive rope drum speed can be curtailed by revolving brake shoes that are forced outward by centrifugal force to make contact with a fixed drum.

CENTRIFUGAL BRAKE: "The centrifugal brake was responsible for averting the accident."

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