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tensile

[ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl] /ˈtɛn səl, -sɪl or, esp. British, -saɪl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to tension:
tensile strain.
2.
capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Neo-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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British Dictionary definitions for untensile

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 untensile

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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