[ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl]
- of or relating to tension: tensile strain.
- capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
Origin of tensile
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Examples from the Web for tensile
The tensile strength of that thread is correctly adjusted to the weight of the model.Toy Shop
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
Did you ever calculate the tensile strength of the material from which you blew the bubble?Etidorhpa or the End of Earth.
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The tensile stress on the steel may be 16,000 lb per sq. in.
The tensile strength of wood is least affected by drying, as a rule.The Mechanical Properties of Wood
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So was the gadget that reduced the tensile strength of concrete to about that of a good grade of marshmallow.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
- of or relating to tension
- sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
Word Origin and History for tensile
1620s, from Modern Latin tensilis "capable of being stretched," from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper