tensile strength

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tensile strength The strength of a substance (e.g. rock) under tension. It can be measured by loading cylindrical samples under tension until failure occurs, or by compressing sample discs along a diameter to induce tension failure on a diametrical surface. It can be measured in a point load tester.

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ten·sile strength • n. the resistance of a material to breaking under tension. Compare with compressive strength.