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elastic

[ ih-las-tik ]
/ ɪˈlæs tɪk /
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Definition of elastic

adjective
noun
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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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