blunting


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blunting

[′blən·tiŋ]
(design engineering)
Slightly rounding a cutting edge to reduce the probability of edge chipping.
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To understand what makes these materials give way when they finally do, the team found X-ray evidence that thousands of minuscule voids--the result of blunting of submicroscopic cracks--set the stage for the failure.
Chaudhury of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., calls the new work the first quantitative theory to show that blunting can account for the toughness of rubbery materials.