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A stress that tends to change the length of a body.♦ Compressive stress is axial stress that tends to cause a body to become shorter along the direction of applied force.
Tensile stress is axial stress that tends to cause a body to become longer along the direction of applied force. Compare shear stress strain. See also torsion.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Words nearby axial stress
axial, axial-flow, axial-flow compressor, axial skeleton, axial strain, axial stress, axial vector, axil, axile, axilemma, axilla
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