Meaning of REINFORCEMENT in English


/ree'in fawrs"meuhnt, -fohrs"-/ , n.

1. the act of reinforcing.

2. the state of being reinforced.

3. something that reinforces or strengthens.

4. Often, reinforcements . an additional supply of personnel, ships, aircraft, etc., for a military force.

5. a system of steel bars, strands, wires, or mesh for absorbing the tensile and shearing stresses in concrete work.

6. Psychol.

a. a procedure, as a reward or punishment, that alters a response to a stimulus.

b. the act of reinforcing a response.

[ 1600-10; REINFORCE + -MENT ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .