Tenacity

Te*nac"i*ty

(?), n. [L. tenacitas: cf. F. tnacit. See Tenacious.] 1. The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose.
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2. That quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force; cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; -- as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc.
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3. That quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness; viscosity. Holland.
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4. (Physics) The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder, -- usually expressed with reference to a unit area of the cross section of the substance, as the number of pounds per square inch, or kilograms per square centimeter, necessary to produce rupture.
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Te*nac"u*lum

(?), n.;
pl. L. Tenacula (#); E. Tenaculums (#).
[L., a holder, fr. tenere to hold. Cf. Tenaille.] (Surg.) An instrument consisting of a fine, sharp hook attached to a handle, and used mainly for taking up arteries, and the like.
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