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 for Tension member
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Member \Mem"ber\, n. [OE. membre, F. membre, fr. L. membrum; cf.
     Goth. mimz flesh, Skr. mamsa.]
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     1. (Anat.) A part of an animal capable of performing a
        distinct office; an organ; a limb.
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              We have many members in one body, and all members
              have not the same office.             --Rom. xii. 4.
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     2. Hence: A part of a whole; an independent constituent of a
        body; as:
        (a) A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a
            clause; a part of a verse.
        (b) (Math.) Either of the two parts of an algebraic
            equation, connected by the sign of equality.
        (c) (Engin.) Any essential part, as a post, tie rod,
            strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss.
        (d) (Arch.) Any part of a building, whether
            constructional, as a pier, column, lintel, or the
            like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of
            moldings.
        (e) One of the persons composing a society, community, or
            the like; an individual forming part of an
            association; as, a member of the society of Friends.
        (f) (Math.) one of the elements which, taken together,
            comprise a set.
        (g) (Math.) one of the individual objects which comprise a
            group or class.
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     Compression member, Tension member (Engin.), a member, as
        a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected to compression or
        tension, respectively.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tension \Ten"sion\, n. [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to
     stretch: cf. F. tension. See Tense, a.]
     1. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being
        stretched or strained to stiffness; the state of being
        bent strained; as, the tension of the muscles, tension of
        the larynx.
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     2. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling;
        intense effort.
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     3. The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of
        timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the
        direction of its length; strain. --Gwilt.
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     4. (Mech.) The force by which a part is pulled when forming
        part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the
        tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that
        weight.
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     5. A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a
        sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required
        degree of tightness.
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     6. (Physics) Expansive force; the force with which the
        particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each
        other and occupy a larger space; elastic force;
        elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air.
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     7. (Elec.) The quality in consequence of which an electric
        charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a
        spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less
        electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of
        electricity upon a given area.
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     Tension brace, or Tension member (Engin.), a brace or
        member designed to resist tension, or subjected to
        tension, in a structure.
  
     Tension rod (Engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member
        to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the
        like.
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