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reinforcement

[ree-in-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-] /ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-/
noun
1.
the act of reinforcing.
2.
the state of being reinforced.
3.
something that reinforces or strengthens.
4.
Often, reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.
5.
a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
6.
Psychology.
  1. a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.
  2. the act of reinforcing a response.
Origin of reinforcement
1600-1610
1600-10; reinforce + -ment
Related forms
nonreinforcement, noun
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  • The squadron which was bringing him reinforcements was defeated and destroyed by Admiral Warren.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • General O'Hara landed from the Victory with reinforcements for the garrison.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • His supplies and reinforcements would then be at once cut off.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • The first American reinforcements arrived at Manila by the end of June.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The bear, while still angry, was evidently considerably concerned over the coming of reinforcements.

Word Origin and History for reinforcements

reinforcement

n.

c.1600, "act of reinforcing," from reinforce + -ment. Meaning "an augmentation, that which reinforces" is from 1650s. Related: Reinforcements.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reinforcements in Medicine

reinforcement re·in·force·ment (rē'ĭn-fôrs'mənt)
n.

  1. The act or process of reinforcing.

  2. Something that reinforces.

  3. The occurrence or experimental introduction of an unconditioned stimulus along with a conditioned stimulus.

  4. The strengthening of a conditioned response by such means.

  5. 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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