adjective Etymology: New Latin tensilis, from Latin tensus, past participle Date: 1626 1. capable of tension ; ductile 2. of, relating to, or involving tension <
tensile stress
tensility noun

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  • Tensile — Ten sile, a. [See {Tense}, a.] 1. Of or pertaining to extension; as, tensile strength. [1913 Webster] 2. Capable of extension; ductile; tensible. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tensile — 1620s, from Mod.L. tensilis capable of being stretched, from L. tensus, pp. of tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tensile — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to tension. 2) capable of being drawn out or stretched …   English terms dictionary

  • tensile — [ten′səl; ] chiefly Brit [, ten′sīl΄] adj. [ModL tensilis < L tensus: see TENSE1] 1. of, undergoing, or exerting tension 2. capable of being stretched tensility [tensil′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • tensile — [[t]te̱nsaɪl, AM sɪl[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n You use tensile when you are talking about the amount of stress that materials such as wire, rope, and concrete can take without breaking; a technical term in engineering. Certain materials can be manufactured …   English dictionary

  • tensile — tensility /ten sil i tee/, tensileness, n. tensilely, adv. /ten seuhl, sil/ or, esp. Brit., / suyl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to tension: tensile strain. 2. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile. [1620 30; < NL tensilis. See TENSE1,… …   Universalium

  • tensile — adj. Tensile is used with these nouns: ↑strength …   Collocations dictionary

  • tensile — tèn·si·le agg. 1. OB che può essere teso 2. TS tecn. di struttura metallica che, sotto trazione, rivela notevoli capacità di allungamento Sinonimi: tendibile. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: sec. XVII. ETIMO: der. di tendere, cfr. sup. lat. tensum, con… …   Dizionario italiano

  • tensile — ten|sile [ˈtensaıl US ˈtensəl] adj [only before noun] technical able to be stretched without breaking ▪ tensile rubber …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tensile — adjective able to be stretched: tensile rubber …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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