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elastic limit

noun, Physics.
the greatest stress that can be applied to an elastic body without causing permanent deformation.
Also called limit of proportionality, proportional limit.
Origin of elastic limit
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Stiffness (within the elastic limit), while following a similar law, is less affected.

  • The elastic limit of the reinforcing bars was taken at 50,000 lbs.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • It is always less than the load at elastic limit and is usually taken as a certain proportion of the ultimate or breaking load.

  • At a certain strain it should stretch; this is called the elastic limit.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • The wire has now passed its elastic limit and has been permanently stretched.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The crank-shaft is made of chrome vanadium steel of an elastic limit of 115,000 pounds.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • It is equal to the load at elastic limit (P1) divided by the area under the plate (B).

  • The appearance of the surface after the elastic limit is passed and the iron stretches is peculiar.

  • For air-dry wood the ratios are considerably lower, particularly in the case of the ultimate strength and the elastic limit.

  • This law is found in practice to be true for metals within a certain range of stress which lies below the elastic limit.

British Dictionary definitions for elastic limit

elastic limit

the greatest stress that can be applied to a material without causing permanent deformation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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elastic limit in Science
elastic limit  
The stress point at which a material, if subjected to higher stress, will no longer return to its original shape. Brittle materials tend to break at or shortly past their elastic limit, while ductile materials deform at stress levels beyond their elastic limit.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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