prestress


1pre·stress

verb \(ˌ)prē-ˈstres\

Definition of PRESTRESS

transitive verb
:  to introduce internal stresses into (as a structural beam) to counteract the stresses that will result from applied load (as in incorporating cables under tension in concrete)

First Known Use of PRESTRESS

1934

2pre·stress

noun \ˈprē-ˌstres, ˌprē-ˈ\

Definition of PRESTRESS

1
:  the stresses introduced in prestressing
2
:  the process of prestressing
3
:  the condition of being prestressed

First Known Use of PRESTRESS

1934

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