- compressing; tending to compress.
Origin of compressive
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Examples from the Web for compressive
Its compressive strength, or resistance to crushing, is very great.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting
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It may lessen the compressive strength of a concrete column.Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design
This elasticity arises from the repulsive force of its particles, and is always equal to the compressive force which it balances.
The form of the bottom flange is suited to the compressive strain it has to bear when the bridge is being moved.
This bracing counteracts any tendency of the ribs to bend sideways under the compressive strain.
- compressing or having the power or capacity to compress
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