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incompressibility

Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being incompressible, of not compressing under pressure
  • n. The bulk modulus or modulus of incompressibility, measured in either electron volts or dynes per square centimeter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being incompressible, or incapable of reduction in volume by pressure; -- formerly supposed to be a property of liquids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being incompressible or of resisting compression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being incompressible

Etymologies

in- +‎ compressibility (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The utter incompressibility of this indefensible policy of not counting every book sold came to mind when Jim Wallis, an evangelical Christian leader long associated with liberal political causes and issues of social justice (he went to jail for his opposition to the Iraq War), told me he was coming to Denver to speak on his new book, Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in Post-Religious Right America.

    George Mitrovich: Books, Lies & Best Sellers

  • The property of being incompressible or at least being extremely difficult to compress since absolute incompressibility is difficult to extablish, does not in and of itself say anything of its intelligent or un intelligent origin.

    Disinformation Theory - The Panda's Thumb

  • REM got thirty, in deference to the incompressibility of the dream state.

    Starfish

  • Thus we see that the resistance of a beam to a cross strain, as well as to tension and compression, is affected by the incompressibility and inextensibility of the material.

    Instructions on Modern American Bridge Building

  • Here the pressure is produced by means of a piston driven up by the force of water, the immense power of which is, in great part, due to its almost total incompressibility.

    Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects

  • Its merely mechanical power is immense, and this is due in great part to its incompressibility; for it is in virtue of this quality alone we can, by means of it, achieve feats not otherwise feasible.

    Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects

  • In its normal form the power of water is due, as I have said, to its incompressibility; in the state of vapour, to which it is reduced by heat, its power is due to the counter force of expansion.

    Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects

  • In water pressure machines loss does not occur from these causes, on account of the incompressibility of the liquid, but the frictions of the parts are the principal causes of loss of power.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881

  • But now, with the view of ultimately discarding the postulate of rigidity from all our materials, let us suppose some to be absolutely destitute of rigidity, and to possess merely inertia and incompressibility, and mutual impenetrability with reference to the still remaining rigid matter.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884

  • But actually, on account of the incompressibility of the nasal cartilages, he has to incline either his or her head to an angle of at least 60 degrees, and the result is that his right eye gazes insanely at the space between her eyebrows, while his left eye is fixed upon some vague spot behind her.

    Damn! A Book of Calumny

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