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elasticity

[ih-la-stis-i-tee, ee-la-stis-] /ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti, ˌi læˈstɪs-/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being elastic.
2.
flexibility; resilience; adaptability:
a statement with a great elasticity of meaning.
3.
buoyancy; ability to resist or overcome depression.
4.
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
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; elastic + -ity
Related forms
nonelasticity, noun
unelasticity, noun
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  • Also Franks was beginning to feel or to fancy his strength and elasticity not quite what they had been.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Very many years of toil had taken the elasticity out of step and voice.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • 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.

    The Machinery of the Universe Amos Emerson Dolbear
  • So if rate of speed and elasticity be known, the density may be computed.

    The Machinery of the Universe Amos Emerson Dolbear
  • There are really two kinds of elasticity, which have nothing to do with each other.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Jelly and steel and glass have a great deal of elasticity of form.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
British Dictionary definitions for elasticity

elasticity

/ɪlæˈstɪsɪtɪ; ˌiːlæ-/
noun
1.
the property of a body or substance that enables it to resume its original shape or size when a distorting force is removed See also elastic limit
2.
the state or quality of being elastic; flexibility or buoyancy
3.
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
n.

1660s; see elastic + -ity.

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elasticity in Medicine

elasticity e·las·tic·i·ty (ĭ-lā-stĭs'ĭ-tē, ē'lā-)
n.

  1. The condition or property of being elastic; flexibility.

  2. The property of returning to an initial form or state following deformation.

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elasticity in Science
elasticity
  (ĭ-lā-stĭs'ĭ-tē)   
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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elasticity in Culture

elasticity definition


A shift in either demand or supply of a good or service depending on its price. Demand is said to be elastic when it responds quickly to changes in prices, and inelastic when it responds sluggishly.

elasticity definition


The property of a material that allows it to return to its original shape after having been deformed and to exert a force while deformed. (See stress.)

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