- noun the strength of a structure to resist forces pulling it apart from opposite directions
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- noun a measure of a material’s ability to withstand tension or stress
- Maximum unit stress that a material is capable of resisting under axial tensile loading, based on the cross sectional area of the specimen before loading. Tensile strength is often used as a measure of fastener strength; itis the load required to pull open the fastener.
- noun the strength of paper to withstand pulling