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tensile

[ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl] /ˈtɛn səl, -sɪl or, esp. British, -saɪl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tension:
tensile strain.
2.
capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
Origin of tensile
1620-1630
1620-30; < New Latin tēnsilis. See tense1, -ile
Related forms
tensility
[ten-sil-i-tee] /tɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
tensileness, noun
tensilely, adverb
nontensile, adjective
nontensility, noun
untensile, adjective
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  • The tensile strength of both soft copper and of aluminum wire is about 33,000 pounds per square inch of section.

  • Did you ever calculate the tensile strength of the material from which you blew the bubble?

  • In each case the object is to place the bars as nearly as possible where the tensile stresses occur.

  • So was the gadget that reduced the tensile strength of concrete to about that of a good grade of marshmallow.

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  • The tensile strength of that thread is correctly adjusted to the weight of the model.

    Toy Shop Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Steel rods add to the tensile strength of concrete which alone has a tremendous strength under compression.

  • Its electrical resistance is half that of iron and its tensile strength is a third greater than the strongest steel.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • Considering the marked saving in weight spruce has a greater percentage of tensile strength than any of the other woods.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Mobile and loose, with plenty of room to play, as the particles have, neither wire nor tire loses its tensile strength.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
  • tensile tests, although valuable, do not tell us all about the physical properties of a sample of rubber.

British Dictionary definitions for tensile

tensile

/ˈtɛnsaɪl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tension
2.
sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
Derived Forms
tensilely, adverb
tensility (tɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ), tensileness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for tensile
adj.

1620s, from Modern Latin tensilis "capable of being stretched," from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).

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