[ ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl ]
/ ˈtɛn səl, -sɪl or, esp. British, -saɪl /
of or relating to tension: tensile strain.
capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
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OTHER WORDS FROM tensile
ten·sil·i·ty [ten-sil-i-tee] /tɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti/, ten·sile·ness, nounten·sile·ly, adverbnon·ten·sile, adjectivenon·ten·sil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tensility
/ (ˈtɛnsaɪl) /
of or relating to tension
sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
Derived forms of tensiletensilely, adverbtensility (tɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ) or tensileness, noun
Word Origin for tensile
C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
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