Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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bursting strength

The combined tensile strength and stretch of a material as measured by the ability of the material to resist rupture when pressure is applied under specified conditions to one of its sides by an instrument used for testing the property. Testing for the bursting strength of paper is a very common procedure, although its value in determining the potential permanence or durability of paper is suspect. See also: BURST FACTOR ; POINTS PER POUND . (17 , 72 )

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