elastic implies the property of resisting deformation by stretching.
an elastic waistband
resilient implies the ability to recover shape quickly when the deforming force or pressure is removed.
a resilient innersole
springy stresses both the ease with which something yields to pressure and the quickness of its return to original shape.
the cake is done when the top is springy
flexible applies to something which may or may not be resilient or elastic but which can be bent or folded without breaking.
flexible plastic tubing
supple applies to something that can be readily bent, twisted, or folded without any sign of injury.
Examples of elastic in a Sentence
when vacationing, we generally have very elastic daily sightseeing plans Noun
She wrapped an elastic around the cards.
Recent Examples on the Web
The only real downside is that the elastic sections at the ankle are not waterproof, which could be an issue in deeper snow.—Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 The collection contains clasps, jump rings, shells, hearts, emoji beads, elastic strings, scissors, flat polymer clay beads, and more.—Maya Polton, Parents, 21 Nov. 2023 Michael Urie lends an elastic face and sing-songy intonations to Sir Robin, and Ethan Slater’s dexterous physical humor, as a French mime, an effete prince and a naked puppeteer, is always welcome.—Naveen Kumar, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 The creepy accomplishment was made possible by a new approach to additive manufacturing that can print both rigid and elastic materials at the same time in high resolution.—IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2023 Knead dough until smooth and elastic, which should take about 3 minutes.—Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Nov. 2023 They are made of polyester and acrylic fiber, which gives them a nice stretch, and according to shoppers, the elastic ankle cuff prevents compression of your legs and offers up a comfortable experience for everyday wear.—Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 For instance, on April Fools’ Day in 1979, when Mr. Kirke put on a tuxedo, attached himself to elastic ropes, and stepped off a bridge in England clutching a bottle of Champagne in the world’s first bungee jump.—Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Mix on medium until the dough is shiny and elastic, 6–8 minutes.—David and José Cáceres, Saveur, 1 Nov. 2023
Thanks to a hidden elastic in the back, the V-neck dress is able to accommodate a baby bump and then be worn postpartum.—Lauren Levy, Peoplemag, 12 May 2023 Then create a three strand braid on each side and secure the ends with clear elastics.—Audrey Noble, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2023 Everything is kept snug using elastics and mesh pockets made of recycled plastic.—Kelsey Glennon, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Aug. 2023 Caldwell suggests looking for a little bit of cushion built into the non-adjustable part of the strap, with thick elastic in the adjustable part.—Esmé Epstein, Health, 16 June 2023 The slingshot comes with one set of flat band elastics, but it is designed to use anything from tubes to rubber bands.—Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 The pony itself was pulled up tightly right at the crown of Bailey's head and cinched tightly up top, with a few pieces of her hair wrapped around the base to disguise any elastics and pins.—Kara Nesvig, Allure, 7 Sep. 2023 Plus the waistband is thicker than many tennis skirts allowing the elastic to be spread out rather than pushing on one section of your stomach.—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2023 Interior accordion-like compartments are designed to separate key photography gear and snug elastics hug SD cards.—Kelsey Glennon, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Aug. 2023 See More
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New Latin elasticus, from Late Greek elastos ductile, beaten, from Greek elaunein to drive, beat out; probably akin to Greek ēlythe he went, Old Irish luid