tensile

[ ten-suhl, -sil or, especially British, -sahyl ]
/ ˈtɛn səl, -sɪl or, especially British, -saɪl /

adjective

of or relating to tension: tensile strain.
capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.

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Origin of tensile

From the New Latin word tēnsilis, dating back to 1620–30. See tense1, -ile

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British Dictionary definitions for tensile

tensile
/ (ˈtɛnsaɪl) /

adjective

of or relating to tension
sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out

Derived forms of tensile

tensilely, adverbtensility (tɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ) or tensileness, noun

Word Origin for tensile

C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
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