Origin of elastic

1645–55; < New Latin elasticus expanding spontaneously, equivalent to Greek elast(ós) (late variant of elatós ductile, beaten (of metal), derivative of elaúnein, elân beat out, forge) + -icus -ic
Related formse·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·e·las·tic, adjectivenon·e·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·e·las·tic, adjectivesem·i·e·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·e·las·tic, adjectivesu·per·e·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·e·las·tic, adjectiveun·e·las·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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(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
Derived Formselastically, adverb

Word Origin for elastic

C17: from New Latin elasticus impulsive, from Greek elastikos, from elaunein to beat, drive
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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.

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elastic in Medicine




Having the property of returning to the original shape after being distorted.
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