Definition of reinforcement in English:


Line breaks: re|inforce|ment
Pronunciation: /riːɪnˈfɔːsm(ə)nt


[mass noun]
  • 1The action or process of reinforcing or strengthening: older electricity mains required reinforcement to meet increased demand
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    • In our retrospective long-term study, the area of partial rupture did not require reinforcement in most cases.
    • Most walls can be constructed simply by stacking the blocks up, while others that will be tall or have to restrain heavy loads may require special reinforcement.
    • The moulding is another area where reinforcement may be required.
  • 1.1The process of encouraging or establishing a belief or pattern of behaviour: positive feedback leads to reinforcement
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    • Teachers are often unaware that they encourage inappropriate behavior through reinforcement.
    • It is essential to teach and model desired behaviours, and the benefits of positive reinforcement are well established.
    • All owners will be told how to correct the dog's behaviour and how reinforcement of good behaviour will pay more dividends than punishment.
  • 1.2 (reinforcements) Extra personnel sent to increase the strength of an army or similar force: a small force would hold the position until reinforcements could be sent
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    • In September 1863 the Union wanted to send reinforcements from the Army of the Potomac to eastern Tennessee.
    • The hard-pressed British garrison called for army and air force reinforcements.
    • McNaughton failed to find reinforcements, and his army commanders in Canada were increasingly rebellious.
    additional troops, fresh troops, additional police, supplementaries, auxiliaries, reserves; support, backup, help
    archaic succours
  • 1.3The strengthening structure or material employed in reinforced concrete or plastic: glass-fibre reinforcement [count noun]: reinforcements set in the concrete
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    • Elli tries to avoid plastics with glass-fiber reinforcement that doesn't flow easily through long, thin-wall mold features.
    • Their protruding bits of pipe suggest plumbing or wiring or structural reinforcement.
    • Stiffening and reinforcement could take the building higher, but not without adding considerable expense.

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