or·​tho·​trop·​ic | \ ¦ȯ(r)thə¦träpik \

Definition of orthotropic

1 : having the longer axis more or less vertical — compare plagiotropic
2 : being, having, or relating to properties (such as strength, stiffness, and elasticity) that are symmetric about two or three mutually perpendicular planes a piece of straight-grained wood is an orthotropic material
3 of a bridge : designed so that the roadway serves as an orthotropic structural member : constructed with a steel-plate deck as an integral part of the support structure

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Other Words from orthotropic

orthotropically \ -​pə̇k(ə)lē \ adverb

History and Etymology for orthotropic

orth- + -tropic

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“Orthotropic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthotropic. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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