prestress

verb
pre·​stress | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈstres How to pronounce prestress (audio) \
prestressed; prestressing; prestresses

Definition of prestress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to introduce internal stresses into (something, such as a structural beam) to counteract the stresses that will result from applied load (as in incorporating cables under tension in concrete)

prestress

noun
pre·​stress | \ ˈprē-ˌstres How to pronounce prestress (audio) , ˌprē-ˈstres \

Definition of prestress (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the stresses introduced in prestressing
2 : the process of prestressing
3 : the condition of being prestressed

Examples of prestress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to its website, Spancrete produces precast, prestressed concrete products that are used in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and multifamily construction projects in the Midwest and Southeast. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2019 A start-up ecosystem An anchor of this district is the Halle Freyssinet — a gargantuan railway yard built by the engineer (Eugène Freyssinet) who pioneered the use of prestressed concrete. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 5 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of prestress

Verb

1934, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prestress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prestress. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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