the resistance of a material to longitudinal stress, measured by the minimum amount of longitudinal stress required to rupture the material.
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Origin of tensile strength
First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for tensile strength
a measure of the ability of a material to withstand a longitudinal stress, expressed as the greatest stress that the material can stand without breaking
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Science definitions for tensile strength
[ tĕn′səl, tĕn′sīl′ ]
A measure of the ability of material to resist a force that tends to pull it apart. It is expressed as the minimum tensile stress (force per unit area) needed to split the material apart.
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