residual stress

noun

: a stress that exists within a solid body though no external stress-producing forces are acting and that is due to some inequality of previous treatment of adjacent parts
poorly annealed glass may be highly unstable because of residual stresses and shatter from a slight shock
compare rupert's drop

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“Residual stress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residual%20stress. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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