Origin of elastic
Examples from the Web for elastic
The second was that the demand for seduction schooling was elastic.
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”|Jane Ciabattari|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Kent Sepkowitz|December 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mix together then knead to make a soft, smooth, elastic dough.
“Try to be elastic enough so you can help the people around you who are in crisis,” Miller says.
As he hastened up the little drive, his walk, usually so dignified and elastic, became a shamble.The Yellow House|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Before basting the tape down on the wrong side, fasten the elastic in place on one side of the sleeve protector.Handicraft for Girls|Idabelle McGlauflin
The gradual weakening or loss of elastic force of the hairspring is also a factor to be considered.Rules and Practice for Adjusting Watches|Walter J. Kleinlein
And he stepped into the noddy, tossing his head, with an elastic, youthful air.The Merry Men|Robert Louis Stevenson
The elastic displacement corresponds to electrostatic charge,—roughly speaking, to electricity.The Ether of Space|Oliver Lodge
British Dictionary definitions for elastic
Word Origin for elastic
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.