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.
What Does “Winter Solstice” Mean?The higher in latitude you are, the more you'll notice that the solstice has the shortest day and longest night of the year.
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