One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Weakness in metal caused by repeated variations of stress.‘evidence suggested the plane broke up in mid air because of metal fatigue’
- ‘It had been sitting in a barn for many years and has some metal fatigue and corrosion.’
- ‘Metal fatigue and design imperfections make the tracks more malleable.’
- ‘There is evidence of significant metal fatigue damage to the rails in the vicinity.’
- ‘Certain welded components were particularly vulnerable to metal fatigue.’
- ‘The cause of that hole was found to be metal fatigue.’
- ‘Rust and metal fatigue have left the guns in a dangerous condition.’
- ‘The fasteners can suffer metal fatigue leading to structural failure.’
- ‘The possibility that metal fatigue could cause a bridge to fail was not even considered by bridge engineers in the 1950s and 1960s.’
- ‘The chiming mechanism broke due to metal fatigue.’
- ‘Bridges in northern climates are particularly vulnerable to metal fatigue because steel becomes more brittle, and prone to crack, when it is cold.’
- ‘The rust is extensive and there is a lot of metal fatigue.’
- ‘It had suffered metal fatigue around a weld.’
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