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tensile strength

noun
1.
the resistance of a material to longitudinal stress, measured by the minimum amount of longitudinal stress required to rupture the material.
Origin of tensile strength
1860-1865
1860-65
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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?

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

    Toy Shop Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • So was the gadget that reduced the tensile strength of concrete to about that of a good grade of marshmallow.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • 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
  • Steel rods add to the tensile strength of concrete which alone has a tremendous strength under compression.

  • 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
  • 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
  • This is not because of recklessness, or because she does not understand or appreciate the tensile strength of her rod.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • Zschokke has shown that tensile strength is only one factor which must be determined in any attempt to measure plasticity.

    The Natural History of Clay Alfred B. Searle
British Dictionary definitions for tensile strength

tensile strength

noun
1.
a measure of the ability of a material to withstand a longitudinal stress, expressed as the greatest stress that the material can stand without breaking
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tensile strength in Science
tensile strength
  (těn'səl, těn'sīl')   
A measure of the ability of material to resist a force that tends to pull it apart. It is expressed as the minimum tensile stress (force per unit area) needed to split the material apart.
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