[ree-in-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-]
- the act of reinforcing.
- the state of being reinforced.
- something that reinforces or strengthens.
- Often reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.
- a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
- a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.
- the act of reinforcing a response.
Origin of reinforcement
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Examples from the Web for reinforcement
It was evident that all hope of reinforcement from France was vain.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
I cannot fight the French, in this moderate weather, without a reinforcement.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
The arrival of the reinforcement moved the camp to interest.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
He got by mere accident, as we say, a reinforcement of Spaniards.True Words for Brave Men
In spite of the arrival of this reinforcement, the situation did not improve.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
Word Origin and History for reinforcement
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or process of reinforcing.
- Something that reinforces.
- The occurrence or experimental introduction of an unconditioned stimulus along with a conditioned stimulus.
- The strengthening of a conditioned response by such means.
- An event, a circumstance, or a condition that increases the likelihood that a given response will recur in a situation like that in which the reinforcing condition originally occurred.
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