- the state or quality of being elastic.
- flexibility; resilience; adaptability: a statement with a great elasticity of meaning.
- buoyancy; ability to resist or overcome depression.
- Physics. the property of a substance that enables it to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force effecting such a change and to recover its original form upon the removal of the force.
Origin of elasticity
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Examples from the Web for elasticity
But unlike hard tape, its site says, Kinesio is designed to mimic a “texture and elasticity very close to living human tissue.”The Olympics’ Most Colorful New Trend: Kinesio Tape
August 9, 2012
Over the next six months, I am told, I can look forward to overall improvement in volume, skin tone, and elasticity.Hey, Ashley Judd: I’m Puffy From Cosmetic Surgery—And Proud of It
April 14, 2012
Each week, Harvard professors team up with chefs like Dufresne to teach such science principles as elasticity through food.Home Ec at Harvard
December 6, 2010
Also Franks was beginning to feel or to fancy his strength and elasticity not quite what they had been.Weighed and Wanting
Very many years of toil had taken the elasticity out of step and voice.American Notes
As she fell, the elasticity of the vines began slowly to drag her back with them.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
Thus the elasticity of the air determines the velocity of sound in it.
So if rate of speed and elasticity be known, the density may be computed.
- the property of a body or substance that enables it to resume its original shape or size when a distorting force is removedSee also elastic limit
- the state or quality of being elastic; flexibility or buoyancy
- a measure of the sensitivity of demand for goods or services to changes in price or other marketing variables, such as advertising
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Word Origin and History for elasticity
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- The condition or property of being elastic; flexibility.
- The property of returning to an initial form or state following deformation.
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- The ability of a solid to return to its original shape or form after being subject to strain. Most solid materials display elasticity, up to a load point called the elastic limit; loads higher than this limit cause permanent deformation of the material. See also Hooke's law.
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