elasticity [ ih-la- stis-i-tee, ee-la- stis- ] SHOW IPA / ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti, ˌi læˈstɪs- / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the state or quality of being elastic. flexibility; resilience; adaptability: a statement with a great elasticity of meaning. buoyancy; ability to resist or overcome depression. . Physics the property of a substance that enables it to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force effecting such a change and to recover its original form upon the removal of the force. RELATED WORDS flexibility
adjustability Origin of elasticity
First recorded in
-ity Related forms non·e·las·tic·i·ty, noun un·e·las·tic·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for elasticity
But unlike hard tape, its site says, Kinesio is designed to mimic a “texture and
elasticity very close to living human tissue.”
Over the next six months, I am told, I can look forward to overall improvement in volume, skin tone, and
Each week, Harvard professors team up with chefs like Dufresne to teach such science principles as
elasticity through food.
His movements had the
elasticity of the panther; blows seemed to rebound from his body without doing him harm. British Dictionary definitions for elasticity elasticity / ( ɪlæˈstɪsɪtɪ, ˌiːlæ-) / noun the property of a body or substance that enables it to resume its original shape or size when a distorting force is removed See also elastic limit the state or quality of being elastic; flexibility or buoyancy a measure of the sensitivity of demand for goods or services to changes in price or other marketing variables, such as advertising
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Medicine definitions for elasticity elasticity [ ĭ-lă-stĭs ′ĭ-tē, ē′lă- ] n. The condition or property of being elastic; flexibility. The property of returning to an initial form or state following deformation.
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Science definitions for elasticity The ability of a solid to return to its original shape or form after being subject to strain. Most solid materials display elasticity, up to a load point called the elastic limit; loads higher than this limit cause permanent deformation of the material. See also Hooke's law.
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Culture definitions for elasticity
A shift in either
demand or supply of a good or service depending on its price. Demand is said to be elastic when it responds quickly to changes in prices, and inelastic when it responds sluggishly.
The property of a material that allows it to return to its original shape after having been deformed and to exert a
force while deformed. ( See stress.)
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