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tensile (adj.)

1620s, "stretchable," from Modern Latin tensilis "capable of being stretched," from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch." Meaning "pertaining to tension" is from 1841.

updated on April 17, 2017

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Definitions of tensile from WordNet

tensile (adj.)
of or relating to tension;
tensile pull
tensile stress
tensile (adj.)
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out;
made of highly tensile steel alloy
Synonyms: ductile / malleable / pliable / pliant / tractile
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