prestress
I. transitive verb Date: 1934 to introduce internal stresses into (as a structural beam) to counteract the stresses that will result from applied load (as in incorporating cables under tension in concrete) II. noun Date: 1934 1. the stresses introduced in prestressing 2. the process of prestressing 3. the condition of being prestressed

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  • prestress — I. (ˈ)prē+ transitive verb Etymology: pre + stress : to introduce internal stresses into (a building material) to counteract the stresses that will result from applied load (as in incorporating wires or cables under tension in concrete) II. ˈprēˌ …   Useful english dictionary

  • prestress — /pree stres /, v.t. 1. (in certain concrete construction) to apply stress to (reinforcing strands) before subjecting to a load. 2. to make (a concrete member) with prestressed reinforcing strands. [1930 35; PRE + STRESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • prestress — verb To apply stress to structural components in order to produce a tension that counteracts the loads to which the component is subjected in its designed use …   Wiktionary

  • prestress — pre·stress …   English syllables

  • prestress — pre•stress [[t]priˈstrɛs[/t]] v. t. 1) bui (in certain concrete construction) to apply stress to (reinforcing strands) before subjecting to a load 2) bui to make (a concrete member) with prestressed reinforcing strands • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • prestress — /ˌpriˈstrɛs / (say .pree stres) verb (t) to induce an initial stress, as in concrete, to cancel out stresses resulting from applied loads. {pre + stress} –prestressed, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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