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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Definitions for tensile

  1. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
  2. of or pertaining to tension: tensile strain.

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Citations for tensile
Claire's tensile features pull themselves tight with glee. Zadie Smith, On Beauty
One way of increasing the tensile strength in a wooden bow at any time of the year was to apply a sinew backing. Louis Bird, Jennifer S. H. Brown, Anne Lindsay, Telling Our Stories
Origin of tensile
1620-1630
This late Renaissance word tensile was derived in 1626 from the Latin verb tendere meaning "to stretch."
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