[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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- of or relating to tension
- sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
Word Origin for tensile
C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
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1620s, from Modern Latin tensilis "capable of being stretched," from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).
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