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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Definitions for tensile

  1. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile.
  2. of or pertaining to tension: tensile strain.

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Citations for tensile
Claire's tensile features pull themselves tight with glee. Zadie Smith, On Beauty
One way of increasing the tensile strength in a wooden bow at any time of the year was to apply a sinew backing. Louis Bird, Jennifer S. H. Brown, Anne Lindsay, Telling Our Stories
Origin of tensile
This late Renaissance word tensile was derived in 1626 from the Latin verb tendere meaning "to stretch."