safety-factor

safety factor

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factor of safety

noun
the ratio of the maximum stress that a structural part or other piece of material can withstand to the maximum stress estimated for it in the use for which it is designed.
Also called safety factor.


Origin:
1855–60

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factor of safety
 
n
Also called: safety factor the ratio of the breaking stress of a material or structure to the calculated maximum stress when in use

safety factor
 
n
another name for factor of safety

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