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axial stress

axial stress in Science
axial stress  
  1. A stress that tends to change the length of a body. ◇ Compressive stress is axial stress that tends to cause a body to become shorter along the direction of applied force.

  2. Tensile stress is axial stress that tends to cause a body to become longer along the direction of applied force. Compare shear stress, strain. See also torsion.


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