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prestress

verb pre·stress \ (ˌ)prē-ˈstres \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prestress

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)

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First Known Use of prestress

1934


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prestress

noun pre·stress \ ˈprē-ˌstres , ˌprē-ˈstres \

Definition of prestress

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

First Known Use of prestress

1934


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