elastic-limit

elastic limit

noun Physics.
the greatest stress that can be applied to an elastic body without causing permanent deformation.
Also called limit of proportionality, proportional limit.


Origin:
1860–65

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elastic limit
 
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the greatest stress that can be applied to a material without causing permanent deformation

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elastic limit  
The stress point at which a material, if subjected to higher stress, will no longer return to its original shape. Brittle materials tend to break at or shortly past their elastic limit, while ductile materials deform at stress levels beyond their elastic limit.
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