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    Meaning of the word hinge in a certain contexto

    Hello, I wish to know the meaning of the word "hinge" in an article about the fisics of an arch. This is the sentence:

    "This paper describes the process of predicting the zone where an uncracked masonry arch will form hinges when the span of the arch tends to increase slightly."

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by mcastillo356; 04-May-2014 at 15:05. Reason: Mistake

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    Re: Meaning of the word hinge in a certain contexto

    [Not an architect]
    The essence of a hinge is that it allows movement at one part but not another.
    If you have an arch, and you move the supports laterally, eventually it will start to collapse. The top of the arch will stay together, but the bits below it will come apart. That is where it 'hinges'.
    That's my best guess; if it fits the context, it's probably right.
    PS: "physics"

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    Re: Meaning of the word hinge in a certain contexto

    Raymott, thank you very much, it is perfectly understood. Forgive my mistake editing the title of the post, and probably some others writing the question, I am not conscious of. Thanks!!

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