tensile strength


: the greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing apart

Examples of tensile strength in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tensile strength was in 1862

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“Tensile strength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tensile%20strength. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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