reinforced concrete

  1. concrete containing steel bars, strands, mesh, etc., to absorb tensile and shearing stresses.

Origin of reinforced concrete

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reinforced concrete in a sentence

  • In the fields: numerous small forts of reinforced concrete, which commanded all the roads into Lille.

  • They are about 10 feet high and are built of reinforced concrete, with huge cast-iron blocks upon their upstream faces.

    The Panama Canal | Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • These were formed of walls of reinforced concrete five feet thick, with loopholes through which machine-guns could fire.

  • Others again have iron bars run through the mass--reinforced concrete.

    The Mountebank | William J. Locke
  • These viaducts consist of 50-foot reinforced concrete arch spans and piers, with here and there a 60-foot span.

    The Modern Railroad | Edward Hungerford

British Dictionary definitions for reinforced concrete

reinforced concrete

  1. concrete with steel bars, mesh, etc, embedded in it to enable it to withstand tensile and shear stresses

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