[ ih-las-tik ]
/ ɪˈlæs tɪk /
capable of returning to its original length, shape, etc., after being stretched, deformed, compressed, or expanded: an elastic waistband; elastic fiber.
spontaneously expansive, as gases.
flexible; accommodating; adaptable; tolerant: elastic rules and regulations.
springing back or rebounding; springy: He walks with an elastic step.
readily recovering from depression or exhaustion; buoyant: an elastic temperament.
Economics. relatively responsive to change, as to a proportionate increase in demand as the result of a decrease in price.Compare inelastic(def 2).
Physics. of, relating to, or noting a body having the property of elasticity.
webbing, or material in the form of a band, made elastic, as with strips of rubber.
something made from this material, as a garter.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM elastic
e·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·e·las·tic, adjectivenon·e·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·e·las·tic, adjective
sem·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
Words nearby elastic
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British Dictionary definitions for nonelastic
/ (ɪˈlæstɪk) /
(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 forms of elasticelastically, adverb
Word Origin for elastic
C17: from New Latin elasticus impulsive, from Greek elastikos, from elaunein to beat, drive
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Medical definitions for nonelastic
[ ĭ-lăs′tĭk ]
Having the property of returning to the original shape after being distorted.
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