Definition of tensile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtensaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtensl//
    (specialist) Materials and properties
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  1. 1[only before noun] used to describe the extent to which something can stretch without breaking the tensile strength of rope This experiment demonstrates the tensile strength of the wire. See related entries: Materials and properties
  2. 2that can be drawn out or stretched tensile cable You’ll need high tensile cable for the job. See related entries: Materials and properties
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in sense (2)): from medieval Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere ‘to stretch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tensile