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tensile

[ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl] /ˈtɛn səl, -sɪl or, esp. British, -saɪl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tension:
tensile strain.
2.
capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
Origin of tensile
1620-1630
From the New Latin word tēnsilis, dating back to 1620-30. See tense1, -ile
Related forms
tensility
[ten-sil-i-tee] /tɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
tensileness, noun
tensilely, adverb
nontensile, adjective
nontensility, noun
untensile, adjective
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  • The tensile strength of that thread is correctly adjusted to the weight of the model.

    Toy Shop Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Did you ever calculate the tensile strength of the material from which you blew the bubble?

  • The tensile stress on the steel may be 16,000 lb per sq. in.

  • The tensile strength of wood is least affected by drying, as a rule.

  • So was the gadget that reduced the tensile strength of concrete to about that of a good grade of marshmallow.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A large section of the ferro-concrete wall had sagged away and collapsed, having suddenly lost its tensile strength.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Steel rods add to the tensile strength of concrete which alone has a tremendous strength under compression.

  • The main reason linen thread has been advised for so long is because its tensile strength is much greater than that of cotton.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • Considering the marked saving in weight spruce has a greater percentage of tensile strength than any of the other woods.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • tensile tests, although valuable, do not tell us all about the physical properties of a sample of rubber.

British Dictionary definitions for tensile

tensile

/ˈtɛnsaɪl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to tension
2.
sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
Derived Forms
tensilely, adverb
tensility (tɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ), tensileness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for tensile
adj.

1620s, from Modern Latin tensilis "capable of being stretched," from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).

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