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Any alteration in the shape of a material due to the application of pressure or stress. The alteration may or may not be reversible. Strain is the measurement of deformation per unit of length.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Deformation (Deut.); déformation (Fr.); deformação (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998