from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In testing the strength of iron, steel, and other ductile materials, the minimum load which produces permanent deformation. Also spoken of, less correctly, as the elastic limit.
  • noun Four features of the results of the tensile stress tests of outstanding interest merit a special comment.
  • noun The point on a stress-strain curve at which the strain begins to increase very greatly for a slight increase of stress.
  • noun See under point.


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  • It's about five hundred times as strong as chrome-vanadium steel, and even when you've got it to the yield-point, it doesn't break, but stretches out and snaps back, like rubber, with the strength unimpaired.

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