elastic limit


: the greatest stress that an elastic solid can sustain without undergoing permanent deformation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other, by Korean and Malaysian researchers, looks at the effect of corrosion on steel that is stretched to or beyond its elastic limit as appears to have been the case for the ruptured pipe. NBC News, 2 Nov. 2021 But stretched beyond its elastic limit, the rubber band becomes permanently deformed. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elastic limit was in 1898

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“Elastic limit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elastic%20limit. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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