- to strengthen with some added piece, support, or material: to reinforce a wall.
- to strengthen (a military force) with additional personnel, ships, or aircraft: to reinforce a garrison.
- to strengthen; make more forcible or effective: to reinforce efforts.
- to augment; increase: to reinforce a supply.
- Psychology. to strengthen the probability of (a response to a given stimulus) by giving or withholding a reward.
- something that reinforces.
- a metal band on the rear part of the bore of a gun, where the explosion occurs.
Also reenforce, re-enforce.
Origin of reinforce
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Examples from the Web for unreinforced
Despite a lot of practice, this was the case, even in the unreinforced type.
- to give added strength or support to
- to give added emphasis to; stress, support, or increasehis rudeness reinforced my determination
- to give added support to (a military force) by providing more men, supplies, etc
- psychol to reward an action or response of (a human or animal) so that it becomes more likely to occur again
C17: from obsolete renforce, from French renforcer; see re- + inforce enforce
Word Origin and History for unreinforced
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To give more force or effectiveness to something; strengthen.
- To reward an individual, especially an experimental subject, with a reinforcer subsequent to a desired response or performance.
- To stimulate a response by means of a reinforcer.