Definition of Hooke's law in US English:

Hooke's law

  • A law stating that the strain in a solid is proportional to the applied stress within the elastic limit of that solid.

    • ‘In addition to his research in pure mathematics, Hedrick was also interested in applications of mathematics and he wrote papers on a generalised form of Hooke's law and the transmission of heat in boilers.’
    • ‘Hooke's law is based on the observation that, for many materials, there is a linear relationship between stress (force per unit area) and strain. Materials that obey Hooke's law when stressed are defined as being elastic.’
    • ‘This means that the elastic components (interdoublet linkages) do not exhibit linear Hooke's law behavior.’
    • ‘Within the elastic range, the stress-strain relation of concrete obeyed Hooke's law, while the stress-strain behavior of soil followed the hyperbolic function of Duncan and Chang.’
    • ‘In 1660 he discovered an instance of Hooke's law while working on designs for the balance springs of clocks.’


Hooke's law

/ˈho͝oks ˌlô/