Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

tensile

[ten-suh l, -sil or, esp. British, -sahyl]
See more synonyms for tensile on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. of or relating to tension: tensile strain.
  2. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
Show More

Origin of tensile

From the New Latin word tēnsilis, dating back to 1620–30. See tense1, -ile
Related formsten·sil·i·ty [ten-sil-i-tee] /tɛnˈsɪl ɪ ti/, ten·sile·ness, nounten·sile·ly, adverbnon·ten·sile, adjectivenon·ten·sil·i·ty, nounun·ten·sile, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for tensility

resilience, elasticity, resiliency, pliability, affability, plasticity, give, spring, pliancy, complaisance, suppleness, tractability, springiness, compliance, ductility, docility, flaccidity, bounce, malleability, adjustability

British Dictionary definitions for tensility

tensile

adjective
  1. of or relating to tension
  2. sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
Show More
Derived Formstensilely, adverbtensility (tɛnˈsɪlɪtɪ) or tensileness, noun

Word Origin for tensile

C17: from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere to stretch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tensility

tensile

adj.

1620s, from Modern Latin tensilis "capable of being stretched," from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper