- capable of returning to its original length, shape, etc., after being stretched, deformed, compressed, or expanded: an elastic waistband; elastic fiber.
- spontaneously expansive, as gases.
- flexible; accommodating; adaptable; tolerant: elastic rules and regulations.
- springing back or rebounding; springy: He walks with an elastic step.
- readily recovering from depression or exhaustion; buoyant: an elastic temperament.
- Economics. relatively responsive to change, as to a proportionate increase in demand as the result of a decrease in price.Compare inelastic(def 2).
- Physics. of, relating to, or noting a body having the property of elasticity.
- webbing, or material in the form of a band, made elastic, as with strips of rubber.
- something made from this material, as a garter.
- rubber band.
Origin of elastic
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Examples from the Web for elastic
The second was that the demand for seduction schooling was elastic.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
He was wearing a black sweatshirt and light grey sweatpants with an elastic waist.Gripping His Koran, Anas al-Liby Has His Day in Court
October 16, 2013
But I think powerful, long friendships often are elastic enough to incorporate envy into them, and not destroy the friendship.Endless Summer: Meg Wolitzer Talks About “The Interestings”
April 16, 2013
Elastic bracelets—with brads to place just so in an acupressure spot on the inner wrist purported to reduce nausea—are popular.Hyperemesis Gravidarum: What’s Ailing Kate Middleton
December 4, 2012
Mix together then knead to make a soft, smooth, elastic dough.Unusual Pizza to Cook on Your Grill
June 15, 2012
No elastic or steel bands around the body or between the legs.The Mayflower, January, 1905
There is no limit to this kind of application of so elastic a theory.Storyology
It was heavy, rubbery, and elastic, stretching readily as he pulled it.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
It is hard like metal and as elastic as pure original gum elastic.The Age of Invention
Sporangia plane, umbilicate, attached to the wall by an elastic cord.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- (of a body or material) capable of returning to its original shape after compression, expansion, stretching, or other deformation
- capable of adapting to changean elastic schedule
- quick to recover from fatigue, dejection, etc; buoyant
- springy or resilientan elastic walk
- (of gases) capable of expanding spontaneously
- physics (of collisions) involving no overall change in translational kinetic energy
- made of elastic
- tape, cord, or fabric containing interwoven strands of flexible rubber or similar substance allowing it to stretch and return to its original shape
- mainly US and Canadian something made of elastic, such as a rubber band or a garter
Word Origin and History for elastic
1650s, coined in French (1650s) as a scientific term to describe gases, from Modern Latin elasticus, from Greek elastos "ductile, flexible," related to elaunein "to strike, beat out," of uncertain origin. Applied to solids from 1670s. Figurative use by 1859. The noun, "cord or string woven with rubber," is 1847, American English.
- Having the property of returning to the original shape after being distorted.