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tensile (adj) able to be stretched without breaking.

Rubber is tensile because it can be stretched and cannot be broken up to a certain limit. Tensile steel is the type of steel that can be stretched.

  • It is important for an engineer to know the tensile strength of the cables they use for suspension. Unless they know to what extent the cables can be stretched it will not be safe to use them.
  • The tensile quality of rubber makes it useful in a number of ways. Because of its quality of stretching, it can be used for cushioning and suspension.
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