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ultimate strength

noun, Engineering
the quantity of the utmost tensile, compressive, or shearing stress that a given unit area of a certain material is expected to bear without failing.
Also called ultimate stress. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The engine pulled to its last ounce, the wings and stays held to the ultimate stress.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
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ultimate strength

the maximum tensile stress that a material can withstand before rupture
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