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prestress

[pree-stres] /priˈstrɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
(in certain concrete construction) to apply stress to (reinforcing strands) before subjecting to a load.
2.
to make (a concrete member) with prestressed reinforcing strands.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; pre- + stress
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prestress

/ˌpriːˈstrɛs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to apply tensile stress to (the steel cables, wires, etc, of a precast concrete part) before the load is applied
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