orthotropic

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

Definition of orthotropic

  1. 1 :  having the longer axis more or less vertical — compare plagiotropic

  2. 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. 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

orthotropically

\-pə̇k(ə)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of orthotropic

orth- + -tropic


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