tensile strength


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Just weeks later, after the zoo made his enclosure more secure by adding stainless steel cargo clips rated at 450 pounds tensile strength, the wily creature got out again. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 28 Mar. 2023 Our expert scientists and engineers have evaluated over 250 sheet sets in recent years, assessing the tensile strength, dimensional stability, wrinkle resistance, tendency to pill and more in Lab tests to find sheets that'll truly stand time and use. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 Qalo also notes that its rings support up to 17 lbs of force in the gym, known as tensile strength. Good Housekeeping, 15 Mar. 2023 What’s the tensile strength of snow? Randall Munroe, WIRED, 23 Aug. 2022 Unlike traditional rings, silicone bands are designed to break at a certain point, a feature known as their tensile strength. Good Housekeeping, 15 Mar. 2023 And although his habitat has been made more secure since then, including adding stainless steel cargo clips rated at 450 pounds tensile strength, Ben still found a way to get out. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, 24 Feb. 2023 Dyneema, widely used in body armor, is known for its incredible tensile strength, measured to be 15 times stronger than steel threads of the same weight. Adam W. Chase, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2023 It becomes fully grown after about seven years, has the tensile strength of steel, and absorbs and stores more carbon than softwood trees. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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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 29 May. 2023.

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