Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday February 20, 2013
1. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
2. of or pertaining to tension: tensile strain.
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
This late Renaissance word tensile was derived in 1626 from the Latin verb tendere meaning "to stretch."