shearing stress


Definition of shearing stress

: a stress in an elastic solid or a fluid that is caused by a shear which tends to make different sections or layers of the solid or fluid move in different directions and that is measured by the force per unit area exerted by the different sections on each other in a direction parallel to their plane of contact

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“Shearing stress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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