reinforced concrete

noun

: concrete in which metal (such as steel) is embedded so that the two materials act together in resisting forces

Examples of reinforced concrete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally, fortresses have relied on walls of rock, and later reinforced concrete, to protect those sheltering inside from archers, catapults, and eventually heavy siege guns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 An Israeli Air Force official, who briefed reporters on Monday on the condition of anonymity, in line with military rules, said that reinforced concrete tunnels ran for hundreds of miles inside Gaza. New York Times, 17 May 2021 One culvert is reinforced concrete pipe, while the culvert with sandstone walls has a concrete base and top. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 17 Jan. 2023 In the 1840s Joseph-Louis Lambot invented ferro-cement, a precursor to reinforced concrete, and made a concrete boat that was eventually pulled out of the pond here and now resides in a museum in Brignoles. Kathleen Baird-Murray, Allure, 21 Sep. 2022 In the 1840s Joseph-Louis Lambot invented ferro-cement, a precursor to reinforced concrete, and made a concrete boat that was eventually pulled out of the pond here and now resides in Brignoles' museum. Kathleen Baird-Murray, Vogue, 21 Sep. 2022 The walls themselves are sheathed in a network of interlocking hexagonal panels made of lightweight GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete), each with a single rectangular opening in the center. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 The pad had a 390-foot-by-325-foot reinforced concrete hardstand standing 48 feet above sea level. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2022 Six years later, the pavilion, which in all cost $95 million, is warm and vibrant, with 1,230 hexagonal glass fiber reinforced concrete panels that give a kaleidoscope effect. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reinforced concrete was in 1891

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“Reinforced concrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reinforced%20concrete. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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