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

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”
ductile, malleable, pliable, pliant, tractile
having or given a form or shape

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