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Strain Relief

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Last Updated May 24, 2021 7:56 am

(str n r -l f ) (n.) Used in reference to telecommunications cables, often a PC s cables, that are designed to allow the cables to move without cracking and/or breaking away from the plug or connector that connects to an electrical outlet or a hardware device. The strain relief is typically a series of ridges at the point where the cabling meets the connector or plug that allows flexibility in the cable without putting stress on that vulnerable point in the cord.