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tensile Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective of or relating to tension
    • tensile stress
    • tensile pull
  2. adjective satellite capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
    ductile; pliable; malleable; pliant; tractile.
    • ductile copper
    • malleable metals such as gold
    • they soaked the leather to made it pliable
    • pliant molten glass
    • made of highly tensile steel alloy

Ten"sile adjective
See Tense, a.
  1. Of or pertaining to extension; as, tensile strength.
  2. Capable of extension; ductile; tensible. Bacon.

Webster 1913