# compressive

[kuh m-pres-iv] /kəmˈprɛs ɪv/
1.
compressing; tending to compress.
Origin of compressive
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See compress, -ive
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• Even a four-kilometre deposit might reduce the effective resistance of the crust to compressive forces, by 10 per cent.

J. (John) Joly
• Its compressive strength, or resistance to crushing, is very great.

Harold P. Manly
• The form of the bottom flange is suited to the compressive strain it has to bear when the bridge is being moved.

Isambard Brunel
• It may lessen the compressive strength of a concrete column.

Edward Godfrey
• A formula for the compressive strength of a column could not include an element varying with the size of the lattice.

Edward Godfrey
• This bracing counteracts any tendency of the ribs to bend sideways under the compressive strain.

Isambard Brunel
• This elasticity arises from the repulsive force of its particles, and is always equal to the compressive force which it balances.

• In this way the tendency of the periphery to fly apart is withstood by the compressive forces at the central portion of the disc.

George Iles
• Another similar column stood a little more than half that "compressive resistance."

Edward Godfrey
• Beams, too, cannot have much length in a material which is only one tenth as strong in tensile as in compressive resistance.

George Iles
British Dictionary definitions for compressive

## compressive

/kəmˈprɛsɪv/
1.
compressing or having the power or capacity to compress
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