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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A machine or apparatus for ascertaining by experiment or test the resistance offered by a material to a stress which tends to deform or break it.
  • noun Any machine used to test an isolable quantity or property in a substance.


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  • The eye-bars, when made, are tested in a testing-machine at double the strain which by any possibility they can be put to in the bridge itself.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 22, January, 1873 Various

  • As an illustration of the deceptive power of alcohol upon people under its influence, it is said that persons experimented upon were under the impression, after the drink, that they could do more work, and do it more easily, although the testing-machine showed exactly the contrary to be true.

    Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why What Medical Writers Say Martha Meir Allen 1890

  • V squared for the wind pressure at 90 degrees is probably too great by at least 20 per cent; (3) that Lilienthal's estimate that the pressure on a curved surface having an angle of incidence of 3 degrees equals. 545 of the pressure at go degrees is too large, being nearly 50 per cent greater than very recent experiments of our own with a pressure testing-machine indicate; (4) that the superposition of the surfaces somewhat reduced the lift per square foot, as compared with a single surface of equal area.

    A History of Aeronautics Evelyn Charles Vivian 1914


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  • "The plate-fulorums do not have a friction increasing with the load in an unknown or variable ratio, as is the case in knife-edge fulcrums. . . ."

    From the Century Dictionary definition. I'm guessing "fulorums" should be "fulcrums," but I have no idea.

    September 3, 2010