elas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌla-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce elasticity (audio) , ˌē-ˌla-, -ˈti-stē \
plural elasticities

Definition of elasticity

1 : the quality or state of being elastic: such as
a : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation : springiness
c : the quality of being adaptable
2 : the responsiveness of a dependent economic variable to changes in influencing factors elasticity of demand price elasticity

Examples of elasticity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand currently carries two products—the Forbidden Oil and Forbidden Hair Mask—that use ingredients like pistachio, cinnamon, and coffee seed oil to help restore curl elasticity and shine. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 23 Aug. 2021 Amapiano music is sparse and fluid, representing the hypnotic elasticity that is baked into South African dance music, simmering the textures and drums of jazz, R&B and local dance styles like kwaito and Bacardi house into a slow, liquid groove. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Cellulite is the product of three main issues, Frank explains: changes in skin elasticity; irregular and uneven deposits of fat; and the fibrous bands connecting through the fat to the muscle that can create dimples. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 2 July 2021 Kase, who developed kinesiology tape, was looking for an alternative to stiff athletic tape, something that would mimic the elasticity of human skin. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Then hear how the elasticity of phrasing and the expressive slides between notes have the same power to touch you as a great jazz singer. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 The brand and its appendages must understand the elasticity of humor. Michael Polk, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 This lightweight, serum-like formula improves the elasticity in the eye area using a collagen-boosting amino acid complex, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and crow's feet over time. Ariel Scotti, PEOPLE.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Moisturizing, healing, and protective, this nourishing body cream will help feed the skin and provide protein building blocks to improve tone and elasticity. Essence, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of elasticity

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Sep 2021

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“Elasticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elasticity. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for elasticity


elas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌla-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce elasticity (audio) \

Kids Definition of elasticity

: the quality or state of being easily stretched


elas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌlas-ˈtis-ət-ē, ˌē-ˌlas-, -ˈtis-tē How to pronounce elasticity (audio) \
plural elasticities

Medical Definition of elasticity

: the quality or state of being elastic


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