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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Other Words from nondestructive

nondestructively adverb
nondestructiveness noun

Examples of nondestructive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The microscopes are too rare, too fragile, and too historically important to just unfasten and remove the lenses, so Cocquyt and colleagues had to find a nondestructive way to get a closer look. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 15 May 2021 The sponsors of the Shipyards Act should be certain to include funding for robust technical training for machinists, electricians, nondestructive testing personnel, and welders. Jim Talent, National Review, 3 May 2021 To develop a rapid, nondestructive way to identify human blood, State University of New York at Albany forensic chemists Igor Lednev and Ewelina Mistek-Morabito combined spectroscopy and statistics. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 In a report the group released in September, a review of the 2020 summer protests showed 93% of the protests remained peaceful and nondestructive. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2021 In Arecibo’s case, Córdova says, some of the facility’s structural degradation was difficult, if not impossible, to see using nondestructive technology. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2020 About 93% of racial justice protests in the US since Floyd's death have been peaceful and nondestructive, according to a new report. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 18 Sep. 2020 First, the researchers used nondestructive (like noninvasive testing for a human) surface tests at the Stonehenge site. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2020 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, 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of nondestructive

1863, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2021

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“Nondestructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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