- 1The action or process of reinforcing or strengthening.More example sentences
augmentation, increase, supplementing, boosting, topping up
- 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 behavior, especially by encouragement or reward.More example sentences
- 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 sentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3The strengthening structure or material employed in reinforced concrete or plastic.More example sentences
strengthening, fortification, bolstering, shoring up, buttressing, bracing
- 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.