4. <physics> The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder, usually expressed with reference to a unit area of the cross-section of the substance, as the number of pounds per square inch, or kilograms per square centimetre, necessary to produce rupture.
Origin: L. Tenacitas: cf. F. Tenacite. See Tenacious.
(01 Mar 1998)
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