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[ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl] /ˈtɛn səl, -sɪl or, esp. British, -saɪl/
of or relating to tension:
tensile strain.
capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
Origin of tensile
From the New Latin word tēnsilis, dating back to 1620-30. See tense1, -ile
Related forms
[ten-sil-i-tee] /tɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
tensileness, noun
tensilely, adverb
nontensile, adjective
nontensility, noun
untensile, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The tensile strength of both soft copper and of aluminum wire is about 33,000 pounds per square inch of section.

  • Did you ever calculate the tensile strength of the material from which you blew the bubble?

  • In each case the object is to place the bars as nearly as possible where the tensile stresses occur.

  • 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
  • The tensile strength of that thread is correctly adjusted to the weight of the model.

    Toy Shop Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Steel rods add to the tensile strength of concrete which alone has a tremendous strength under compression.

  • Its electrical resistance is half that of iron and its tensile strength is a third greater than the strongest steel.

    Creative Chemistry Edwin E. Slosson
  • 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
  • Mobile and loose, with plenty of room to play, as the particles have, neither wire nor tire loses its tensile strength.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
  • tensile tests, although valuable, do not tell us all about the physical properties of a sample of rubber.

British Dictionary definitions for tensile


of or relating to tension
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

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

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