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  1. brake cylinder, hydraulic brake cylinder, master cylinder(noun)

    a cylinder that contains brake fluid that is compressed by a piston

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  1. Master cylinder

    In automotive engineering, the master cylinder is a control device that converts non-hydraulic pressure into hydraulic pressure. This device controls slave cylinders located at the other end of the hydraulic system. As piston move along the bore of the master cylinder, this movement is transferred through the hydraulic fluid, to result in a movement of the slave cylinder. The hydraulic pressure created by moving a piston toward the slave cylinder compresses the fluid evenly, but by varying the comparative surface-area of the master cylinder and/or each slave cylinder, one can vary the amount of force and displacement applied to each slave cylinder, relative to the amount of force and displacement applied to the master cylinder.

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