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elastic

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adjective elas·tic \i-ˈla-stik\

Definition of elastic

  1. 1a of a solid :  capable of recovering size and shape after deformationb :  relating to or being a collision between particles in which the total kinetic energy of the particles remains unchanged

  2. 2 :  capable of recovering quickly especially from depression or disappointment my elastic spirits revived — Wilkie Collins

  3. 3 :  capable of being easily stretched or expanded and resuming former shape :  flexible an elastic bandage

  4. 4a :  capable of ready change or easy expansion or contraction :  not rigid or constricted an elastic conceptb :  receptive to new ideas :  adaptable an elastic mind

elastically

play \i-ˈla-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of elastic in a Sentence

  1. when vacationing, we generally have very elastic daily sightseeing plans

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Origin and Etymology of elastic

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

Synonym Discussion of elastic

elastic, resilient, springy, flexible, supple mean able to endure strain without being permanently injured. 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. supple leather

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elastic

noun elas·tic

Definition of elastic

  1. 1a :  easily stretched rubber usually prepared in cords, strings, or bandsb :  rubber band

  2. 2a :  an elastic fabric usually made of yarns containing rubberb :  something made from this fabric

Examples of elastic in a Sentence

  1. She wrapped an elastic around the cards.

First Known Use of elastic

1847



ELASTIC Defined for English Language Learners

elastic

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adjective

Definition of elastic for English Language Learners

  • : able to return to an original shape or size after being stretched, squeezed, etc.

  • : able to be changed

elastic

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Definition of elastic for English Language Learners

  • : material that can be stretched : elastic fabric


ELASTIC Defined for Kids

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elastic

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adjective elas·tic \i-ˈla-stik\

Definition of elastic for Students

  1. :  capable of returning to original shape or size after being stretched, pressed, or squeezed together


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elastic

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noun elas·tic

Definition of elastic for Students

  1. 1 :  rubber band

  2. 2 :  material that can be stretched


Medical Dictionary

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elastic

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adjective elas·tic \i-ˈlas-tik\

Medical Definition of elastic

  1. 1aof a solid :  capable of recovering size and shape after deformationbof a liquid :  capable of resisting compressioncof a gas :  capable of indefinite expansion

  2. 2:  capable of being easily stretched or expanded and resuming former shape

elastically

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elastic

noun elas·tic

Medical Definition of elastic

  1. 1a:  easily stretched rubber usually prepared in cords, strings, or bandsb:  a band of elastic used especially in orthodontics; also :  one placed around a tooth at the gumline in effecting its nonsurgical removal

  2. 2a:  an elastic fabric usually made of yarns containing rubberb:  something made from this fabric



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