elastic

[ ih-las-tik ]
/ ɪˈlæs tɪk /

adjective

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for elastic

elastic
/ (ɪˈlæstɪk) /

adjective

noun

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 forms of elastic

elastically, adverb

Word Origin for elastic

C17: from New Latin elasticus impulsive, from Greek elastikos, from elaunein to beat, drive
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Medicine definitions for elastic

elastic
[ ĭ-lăstĭk ]

adj.

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