(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.
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- internal revenue service,
- internal rhyme,
- internal secretion,
- internal spermatic artery,
- internal sphincter muscle of anus,
- internal thoracic vein,
- internal traction,
- internal urethral opening,
- internal version,
Origin of internal stress
First recorded in 1905–10
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