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[in-ik-sten-suh-buh l]
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  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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Related Words for inextensible

inflexible, rigid, stable, stiff, unbending, unyielding, inductile, inextensible, unadaptable

Examples from the Web for inextensible

Historical Examples of inextensible

  • 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


  1. not capable of extension
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Derived Formsinextensibility, noun
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