Definition of Reinforcement

1. Noun. A military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission. "They called for artillery support"

Exact synonyms: Reenforcement, Support
Generic synonyms: Military Operation, Operation
Specialized synonyms: Close Support
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Reenforce, Reinforce

2. Noun. Information that makes more forcible or convincing. "His gestures provided eloquent reinforcement for his complaints"
Exact synonyms: Reenforcement
Generic synonyms: Confirmation

3. Noun. (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it.

4. Noun. A device designed to provide additional strength. "He used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook"
Exact synonyms: Strengthener
Specialized synonyms: Backing, Mount, Brace, Bracing, Brace, Safety Arch
Generic synonyms: Device
Derivative terms: Reinforce, Strengthen

5. Noun. An act performed to strengthen approved behavior.
Exact synonyms: Reward
Generic synonyms: Approval, Approving, Blessing
Specialized synonyms: Carrot
Derivative terms: Reinforce, Reward

Definition of Reinforcement

1. n. See Reënforcement.

Definition of Reinforcement

1. Noun. The act or state of reinforcing or being reinforced. ¹

2. Noun. A thing that reinforces. ¹

3. Noun. (in the plural) Additional troops or materiel sent to support a military action. ¹

4. Noun. (context: behavioral psychology) The process whereby a behavior with desirable consequences comes to be repeated. ¹

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Definition of Reinforcement

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Medical Definition of Reinforcement

1. 1. An increase of force or strength; denoting specifically the increased sharpness of the patellar reflex when the patient at the same time closes the fist tightly or pulls against the flexed fingers or contracts some other set of muscles. See: Jendrassik's manoeuvre. 2. A structural addition or inclusion used to give additional strength in function; e.g., bars in plastic denture base. 3. In conditioning, the totality of the process in which the conditioned stimulus is followed by presentation of the unconditioned stimulus which, itself, elicits the response to be conditioned. See: reinforcer, schedules of reinforcement, classical conditioning, operant conditioning. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reinforcement

reinforced anchorage
reinforced concrete
reinforcement (current term)
reinforcement schedule
reinforcing stimulus

Literary usage of Reinforcement

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Annual Convention by Mid-West Cement Users' Association (1915)
"DIAGRAMS FOB DETERMINING reinforcement IN TOP AND BOTTOM OF BEAMS OR SLABS. In Figs. 5 to 8 curves are plotted for finding the values of the constants Cc ..."

2. A Treatise on Concrete, Plain and Reinforced: Materials, Construction, and by Frederick Winslow Taylor, Sanford Eleazer Thompson, René Feret, William Barnard Fuller, Frank Pape McKibben, Spencer Baird Newberry (1909)
"Vertical and Inclined reinforcement. When the allowable working strength of the concrete in shear, as indicated in the preceding paragraphs, is exceeded, ..."

3. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"Full heavy lines are used for reinforcement in the details given in this chapter, ... It should be borne in mind that concrete reinforcement details are ..."

4. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"The physiological explanation of the reinforcement, negative and positive, is a matter of inference only, but the view usually held is that it is due to ..."

5. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"Negative reinforcement in Continuous Slabs. ... Negative reinforcement should extend to the one-third or one-fourth point depending on the length of spans ..."

6. Proceedings of the Annual Convention by Mid-West Cement Users' Association (1908)
"reinforcement OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES. BY EP GOODRICH. ... If an arch is designed without joints, but the reinforcement is not arranged for a continuous ..."

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