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tensile strength

the resistance of a material to longitudinal stress, measured by the minimum amount of longitudinal stress required to rupture the material.
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  • Bamboo has a higher tensile strength than steel and can be taped together with natural fibre and resin.
  • It combines the compressive strength of ordinary concrete with the tensile strength of iron.
  • Manganese is often added to steel to increase its tensile strength.
British Dictionary definitions for tensile strength

tensile strength

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
  (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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