Definition of inextensible in English:

inextensible

adjective

  • Unable to be stretched or drawn out in length.

    • ‘The elastic properties of the chain are chosen to match the persistence length and torsional persistence length of DNA, with a large stretching modulus that essentially renders the chain inextensible.’
    • ‘Most biological hydraulic skeletons are cylindrical and their walls are reinforced by relatively inextensible fibers (usually collagen or chitin in animals, and cellulose in plants).’
    • ‘An electron cryomicroscopy study of analogous SPP1 portal protein complexes documented a change in curvature upon ring closure consistent with inextensible subunits.’
    • ‘The formulation is idealised by an elastic-plastic relation that can explain the deformation patterns of inextensible steel reinforcements to that of highly extensible geosynthetics.’
    • ‘Wall tissue is extensible when collagen fibers are folded, but nearly inextensible when collagen fibers near full extension.’
    • ‘Abstract Thick filaments are generally thought to be effectively inextensible.’
    • ‘The base of the stem was surrounded with an inextensible strap linked to a motorized dynamometer, allowing controlled basal bending.’
    • ‘Root lengths were measured by aligning an inextensible cord with the roots and then taking measurements of the cord with a ruler.’
    • ‘For example, a rubber band that is resilient at room temperature becomes leathery and relatively inextensible when cooled in a kitchen freezer.’
    • ‘All that is required is a spring balance or, better, an electronic strain gauge, against which the body-part of interest exerts force through a virtually inextensible wire or rigid lever system.’
    • ‘His decision turned on this question of whether the product was inextensible, according to what appears on page 254.’
    • ‘So one year later, in 1890, C.K. Welsh patented the design of a wheel rim with a lip and an outer inextensible cover.’
    • ‘Since amniote intromittent organs are hydrostatic, it follows that the wall of their erectile structures must be reinforced with inextensible fibers to prevent aneurysms.’
    • ‘This is consistent with the more general observation in the literature, that microtubules are almost inextensible, the compliance of cells being due primarily to filament bending or sliding between filaments.’

Pronunciation

inextensible

/ˌɪnɛkˈstɛnsɪb(ə)l//ˌɪnɪkˈstɛnsɪb(ə)l/