American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to tension.
- adj. Capable of being stretched or extended; ductile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to tension: as, tensile strength.
- Capable of tension; capable of being drawn out or extended in length or breadth; tensible.
- In musical instruments, producing tones by means of stretched strings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to extension.
- adj. Capable of extension; ductile; tensible.
- adj. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
- adj. of or relating to tension
- New Latin tēnsilis, from Latin tēnsus, stretched out; see tense1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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