[ree-in-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-] /ˌri ɪnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-/
the act of reinforcing.
the state of being reinforced.
something that reinforces or strengthens.
Often, reinforcements. an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.
a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.
c.1600, “act of reinforcing,” from reinforce + -ment. Meaning “an augmentation, that which reinforces” is from 1650s. Related: Reinforcements.
reinforcement re·in·force·ment (rē’ĭn-fôrs’mənt)
[ri-ley-tid] /rɪˈleɪ tɪd/ adjective 1. associated; connected. 2. allied by nature, origin, kinship, marriage, etc. 3. . 4. Music. (of tones) belonging to a melodic or harmonic series, so as to be susceptible of close connection. /rɪˈleɪtɪd/ adjective 1. connected; associated 2. connected by kinship or marriage 3. (in diatonic music) denoting or relating to […]
[rel-uh-tiv] /ˈrɛl ə tɪv/ noun 1. a person who is connected with another or others by blood or marriage. 2. something having, or standing in, some or connection to something else. 3. something dependent upon external conditions for its specific nature, size, etc. (opposed to ). 4. Grammar. a , adjective, or adverb. adjective 5. […]
[non-rel-uh-ti-vis-tik, non-] /ˈnɒn rɛl ə tɪˈvɪs tɪk, ˌnɒn-/ noun, Physics. 1. a form of quantum mechanics that excludes effects and is approximately applicable to low-energy problems, as the structure of atoms and molecules.
[ri-lahy-uh-buh l] /rɪˈlaɪ ə bəl/ adjective 1. that may be on or trusted; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty, etc.: reliable information. /rɪˈlaɪəbəl/ adjective 1. able to be trusted; predictable or dependable adj. 1560s, raliabill, Scottish; see rely + -able. Not common before 1850; and sometimes execrated thereafter in Britain as an Americanism because it involves […]