adjective \ˈten(t)-səl also ˈten-ˌsī(-ə)l\

: relating to the amount that something (such as a wire) can stretch or be stretched without breaking

Full Definition of TENSILE

:  capable of tension :  ductile
:  of, relating to, or involving tension <tensile stress>
ten·sil·i·ty \ten-ˈsi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of TENSILE

  1. the tensile strength of steel cable

Origin of TENSILE

New Latin tensilis, from Latin tensus, past participle
First Known Use: 1626

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper

Rhymes with TENSILE


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