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tensile strength

the resistance of a material to longitudinal stress, measured by the minimum amount of longitudinal stress required to rupture the material.
Origin of tensile strength
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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 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
  • But if the crepe is rolled too much, the tensile strength falls, and there is no increased elongation to compensate.

  • This weft is about the equivalent of commercial slub with no tensile strength.

British Dictionary definitions for tensile strength

tensile strength

a measure of the ability of a material to withstand a longitudinal stress, expressed as the greatest stress that the material can stand without breaking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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tensile strength in Science
tensile strength
  (těn'səl, těn'sīl')   
A measure of the ability of material to resist a force that tends to pull it apart. It is expressed as the minimum tensile stress (force per unit area) needed to split the material apart.
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