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limit of proportionality

noun, Physics.

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 of elastic limit
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for limit-of-proportionality

elastic limit

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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