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tensile Syllabification: ten·sile
Pronunciation: /ˈtensəl/

Definition of tensile in English:


1Of or relating to tension.
Example sentences
  • Compressive forces are generally significantly greater than the tensile forces generated in a tensile test.
  • Most simply, muscle fibers activated by the nervous system produce tensile forces that are transmitted to the skeleton.
  • The resulting tensile forces on the beads mimicked those in a traction splint, which is sometimes used to hold fractured bones in place.
2Capable of being drawn out or stretched.
Example sentences
  • Therefore, concrete beams are reinforced with steel rods on the tensile side (in cross section) when experiencing bending.
  • Eva Jiricna's Faith Zone is a cluster of arched tensile canopies stretched out over sinuous walls.
  • Steel plates connect the flanges of the columns, producing an in-situ tensile membrane capable of resisting loads up to 50 psi.


Pronunciation: /tenˈsilitē/
Example sentences
  • Alternatively you could do what the Delhiites do, they unravel their old sweaters and dye the wool, mix some new wool to give it tensility and then knit themselves a brand new sweater in a completely new design!
  • The wrought glass had been shaped to exact specifications, the strength of its form compensating for the weakness of its tensility.
  • The tensility of the poly fibers used here is thicker and stronger to meet our safety and quality standard.


Early 17th century (sense 2): from medieval Latin tensilis, from Latin tendere 'to stretch'.

Words that rhyme with tensile

extensile, prehensile
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