tensile strength


Definition of tensile strength

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

Examples of tensile strength in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, chain mail exhibits high-tensile strength to protect a warrior but is able to fit around the body. Lars Fischer, Scientific American, 20 Aug. 2021 But tensile strength testing showed the pistachio shell material is far stronger, likely because its cells have three times as many lobes as walnut cells. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, 10 Aug. 2021 Embedding steel adds that essential tensile strength, and sound design calculations, backed up by building codes, specify how much steel is needed, depending on the type, size and other features of a building. New York Times, 3 July 2021 The high tensile strength makes spreading liquids evenly simple. Chris Hachey, BGR, 15 June 2021 The samurai sword is beaten, heated for red hot tensile strength and plunged into cold water over and over again in order to harden the blade. Greg Story, Forbes, 24 May 2021 All zip ties have a tensile strength rating, which is the amount of weight a zip tie can hold before breaking. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Sep. 2019 It was perfumed, unexpectedly delicate, as Chambertin is often luxurious, yet with a tensile strength. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2020 For example, a zip tie with a tensile strength of 50 pounds will break if used to hold something more than 50 pounds. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tensile strength

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Tensile strength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tensile%20strength. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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