re·​bar | \ ˈrē-ˌbär How to pronounce rebar (audio) \
plural rebar or rebars

Definition of rebar

: a steel rod with ridges for use in reinforced concrete

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Inspired by the universal utility of the material, Troy was determined to explore rebar beyond its immediate purpose. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Bold and Sculptural New Furniture Collection Inspired by the Basics," 26 Feb. 2019 The new standard for steel rebar in China—which sets out specifications for three high-strength grades, each requiring a helping of vanadium—took shape as buyers were facing a shortfall. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 As the truck passed deeper inside the 2.5-mile tube, Mr. Cuomo pointed out for the camera areas where water from the river just 20 feet above had infiltrated the pockmarked concrete roof, dripping from the ceiling and corroding pipes and rebar. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Cuomo Digs In on Aging Train Tunnel to Penn Station, Telling Trump to Fork Over Funding," 18 Oct. 2018 Makers of rebar in China, where mills pump out more than half the world’s steel, spent the summer stocking up ahead of the new regulations. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 Between them, a rebar shell recalls the drill shed felled by a tornado that now holds an outdoor pavilion with a skating rink in the winter. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 Visitors to the Seattle waterfront will hear the crunch of breaking concrete this February, while demolition equipment pivots through clouds of dust and mist, flexing spiked jaws that will munch the six-story-high columns and slice through rebar. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 The rebar will expand enough to put cracks in the concrete. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Rock Solid History of Concrete," 12 Oct. 2017 Rebar helps to alleviate this issue because, unlike concrete, rebar is pretty great taking tensile stress. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Concrete Is So Much Stronger With Just a Little Bit of Rebar," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rebar

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rebar

reinforcing bar

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