ten·​sile | \ ˈten(t)-səl How to pronounce tensile (audio) also ˈten-ˌsī(-ə)l \

Definition of tensile

1 : capable of tension : ductile
2 : of, relating to, or involving tension tensile stress

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Other Words from tensile

tensility \ ten-​ˈsi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce tensile (audio) \ noun

Examples of tensile in a Sentence

the tensile strength of steel cable
Recent Examples on the Web The unit itself features a large 42 inch HD touchscreen and a high tensile aluminum frame. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2021 What results is a tough, flat battery cell that conducts well and holds up to tensile tests in all directions. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2021 Common tensile strengths range from 17 to 250 pounds. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Sep. 2019 Hayashi, who studies the tensile properties of spider silks, now leaves her apartment only to feed her animals. The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2020 This material has high tensile-impact and flexural strength. Craig Caudill, Outdoor Life, 13 Nov. 2019 Snelson, whose sculptures used the same design principles but were fabricated from stainless steel poles and tensile stainless steel wires, had studied with the American architect, futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, 27 Aug. 2019 Like all the places in the body where ligaments and muscles attach to bones, overuse and tensile stress can trigger further bone growth, forming enthesophytes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 June 2019 Its newest project, a self-assembling table, is built of simply wood and tensile fabric, which folds into place to create a table with no more power than a little nudge from a human. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2015

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First Known Use of tensile

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tensile

borrowed from New Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere "to extend outward, stretch" + -tilis "subject to, susceptible to (the action of the verb)" — more at tender entry 3

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The first known use of tensile was in 1626

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“Tensile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tensile. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tensile

: relating to the amount that something (such as a wire) can stretch or be stretched without breaking

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