A retention of property until outstanding dept is paid.


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PHOTOEMISSIVITY

The property of a substance that emits electrons when struck by light.

PARALLEL RELIABILITY

[SYS ENG] Property of a system composed of functionally parallel elements in such a way that if one of the elements fails, the parallel units will continue to carry out the system function.

OPTIMUM CURE

The degree of vulcanization at which maximum desired property is reached.

OBSERVABILITY

Property of a system for which observation of the output variables at all times is sufficient to determine the initial values of all the state variables.

NONLINEAR CONTROL SYSTEM

A control system that does not have the property of superposition, that is, one in which some or all of the outputs are not linear functions of the inputs.

MECHANICAL PROPERTY

A property that involves a relationship between stress and strain or a reaction to an applied force.

MAGNETORESISTANCE

The change in the electrical resistance of a material when it is subjected to an applied magnetic field, this property has widespread application in sensors and magnetic read heads.

ISOCHRONISM

The property of having a uniform rate of operation or periodicity, for example, of a pendulum or watch balance.

IGNITION QUALITY

The property of a fuel that ignites when injected into the compressed-air charge in a diesel engine cylinder; measurement is given in terms of cetane number.

DETERGENT

In lubrication, either an additive or a compounded lubricant having the property of keeping insoluble matter in suspension thus preventing its deposition where it would be harmful. A detergent may also redisperse deposits already formed.

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