tensile strength

noun

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 Adding a dollop of carbon to iron creates steel, which offers dramatic improvements in flexibility, tensile strength, and formability. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Prevent and Remove Rust on Your Car Like a Pro," 8 Sep. 2020 Still, tensile strength and cable diameter remain the limiting factors. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "What It Takes to Build the World’s Most Extreme Bridges," 9 June 2020 Flimsy bits of lingerie that you trash and replace every other week, sheer tights are bound to rip—unless they’re made from a featherweight polymer with a tensile strength rivaling that of steel. Popular Science, "The most important engineering innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 The twisting and retwisting produce a tensile strength. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, "Early String Ties Us to Neanderthals," 9 Apr. 2020 Carbon also improves tensile strength, wear resistance, and edge retention. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Carbon also improves tensile strength, wear resistance, and edge retention. Popular Science, "A deep dive into how knife blades are made," 15 Jan. 2020 Carbon also improves tensile strength, wear resistance, and edge retention. Matt Foster, Field & Stream, "How High-Quality Knife Steel is Made," 8 Jan. 2020 Recapturing quarry waste like limestone and marble dust may reduce environmental impact as well as increasing concrete’s tensile strength. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "New Kind of Concrete Cracks Much Less Than the Regular Stuff," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of tensile strength

1862, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2020

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“Tensile strength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tensile%20strength. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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