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tensile strength

noun
the resistance of a material to longitudinal stress, measured by the minimum amount of longitudinal stress required to rupture the material.

Origin:
1860–65

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tensile strength
 
n
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')  Pronunciation Key 
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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