reinforced concrete


Definition of reinforced concrete

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

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Most of Supermax’s 400-plus inmates are alone for 23 hours a day in 7-by-12-foot reinforced concrete cells. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Supermax prison now occupied by El Chapo is “worse than death,” ex-warden said," 27 July 2019 Anaheim-based Outside the Lines installed a liner, first putting down a layer of felt, then a thick PVC shell that was topped with reinforced concrete and painted to resemble mud. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "Beloved Japanese garden reopens at Lotusland in Montecito — but good luck getting in," 26 July 2019 Officials determined that the most vulnerable buildings are the older ones and those built from unreinforced masonry or under-reinforced concrete. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Made of 250,000 different steel elements bolted together in curving sections and covered in glass fiber–reinforced concrete, the building sprawls like scattered, overlapping petals at the edge of the Persian Gulf. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Since Trump announced the tariffs in March, prices have been rising for the American steel used to build bridges, reinforce concrete highways and lay the rails for mass transit systems. Washington Post, "Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure," 30 June 2018 Her home, an older structure in the Miramar area, was built from reinforced concrete and survived with no major damage. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright paved the way for reinforced concrete's use in modern architecture. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Rock Solid History of Concrete," 12 Oct. 2017 Felipe Asandi Arquitectos designed the house with reinforced concrete slabs that together create a lengthy rectangular shape. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Hillside modern house is all concrete, glass, and views," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of reinforced concrete

1891, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reinforced concrete

: concrete that has metal bars inside of it to make it stronger

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