tensile

Use the adjective tensile to describe materials that can be shaped, such as the tensile clay that a potter crafts into a bowl or vase.

Tensile rhymes with "pencil." It might remind you of the word tense, and in fact, tensile can also mean "having to do with tension." Think about a tensile material, like wire. It will stretch and stretch until it reaches its limit. Drawn tight, with no slack, the wire has tensile stress.

Definitions of tensile
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adj of or relating to tension

tensile stress”
tensile pull”

adj capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

“made of highly tensile steel alloy”
Synonyms:
ductile, malleable, pliable, pliant, tractile
formed
having or given a form or shape

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