internal stress


(in metal or glass pieces, or the like) a stress existing within the material as a result of thermal changes, having been worked, or irregularity of molecular structure.

Nearby words

  1. internal revenue service,
  2. internal rhyme,
  3. internal secretion,
  4. internal spermatic artery,
  5. internal sphincter muscle of anus,
  6. internal thoracic vein,
  7. internal traction,
  8. internal urethral opening,
  9. internal version,
  10. internal-combustion

Origin of internal stress

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019