re·​bar | \ ˈrē-ˌbär \
plural rebar or rebars

Definition of rebar 

: a steel rod with ridges for use in reinforced concrete

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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 In this case, the biggest one comes right at the top: after getting thrown off a horse, impaled by rebar, and cornered by two hordes of zombies, Rick manages to escape! Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 Here are the four best options for taming those unruly tomato plants: Stakes Install wood or rebar stakes at least 6 feet-tall at planting time. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Ways to Support Your Tomato Plants," 19 July 2018 Earthmovers level the mounds of broken concrete, rebar and bricks, gradually filling in the canyon. Louis Sahagun,, "To build his 'big, beautiful park,' this landowner is filling a canyon with debris. Critics say he built a dump," 31 May 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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