non·​de·​struc·​tive | \ ˌnän-di-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce nondestructive (audio) \

Definition of nondestructive

: not destructive specifically : not causing destruction of material being investigated or treated nondestructive testing of metal

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nondestructively adverb
nondestructiveness noun

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Recent Examples on the Web After a proof-of-principle paper last year, Wiemann and Briggs are applying their nondestructive technique—shining a laser on specimens to reveal ancient chemical bonds—to help solve paleontological mysteries. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Warm-blooded velociraptors? Fossilized proteins unravel dinosaur mysteries," 8 Oct. 2019 Del Mar College says that Clyde graduated in May with an associate degree of applied science in nondestructive testing technology. Washington Post, "The Latest: Man who fired at Texas courthouse just graduated," 17 June 2019 Media: Euronews The college offers certificates, associate degrees and incumbent worker training in the areas of process technology, instrumentation, nondestructive testing and electrical. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Education, training crucial to energy industry success," 8 July 2018 Unlike ZooMS, CIEP is noninvasive and nondestructive. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Proteomics: Moving Beyond DNA to Study the Past," 15 Aug. 2017 So Collins's postdoctoral fellow in York, Sarah Fiddyment, developed a nondestructive method to extract ancient proteins from parchment. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Goats, bookworms, a monk’s kiss: Biologists reveal the hidden history of ancient gospels," 25 July 2017 This repurposing of corporate icons will offer future artists and activists a powerful means of expression which will be easily accessible to the masses and at the same time will be safe and nondestructive. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Augmented Reality: BP logo hack," 30 June 2010

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First Known Use of nondestructive

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Nondestructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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