resilience


re·sil·ience

noun \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\

: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

: the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.

Full Definition of RESILIENCE

1
:  the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2
:  an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

Examples of RESILIENCE

  1. The rescue workers showed remarkable resilience in dealing with the difficult conditions.
  2. Cold temperatures caused the material to lose resilience.
  3. … the concert remained a remarkable tribute to Dylan's resilience and continued relevance. —Susan Richardson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994

Origin of RESILIENCE

(see resilient)
First Known Use: 1824

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, centripetal, convection, gradient, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum

re·sil·ience

noun \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RESILIENCE

1
: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2
: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change <emotional resilience>

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