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inextensible

[in-ik-sten-suh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not extensible; incapable of being extended or stretched.
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Origin of inextensible

First recorded in 1830–40; in-3 + extensible
Related formsin·ex·ten·si·bil·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for inextensible

Historical Examples

  • Since the walls of the cell are inextensible, the quantity of water in the cell cannot increase.

    The Mechanism of Life

    Stphane Leduc

  • While ligaments are pliable and flexible, permitting free movement, they are also wonderfully strong and inextensible.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • The case of inextensible strings or chains is, however, so simple that it is generally included in expositions of pure statics.

  • A physical line is flexible and inextensible, and cannot be cut—so that no lap of it can be drawn through another.


British Dictionary definitions for inextensible

inextensible

adjective
  1. not capable of extension
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Derived Formsinextensibility, noun
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