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 This pack from Ballon Blanc includes six sheet masks with different benefits including pore care, moisturization, skin elasticity and more. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "14 top-rated sheet masks you can buy on Amazon right now," 9 Sep. 2020 The Augustinus Bader creams are formulated to target a lot of things: fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, redness, loss of elasticity, and pore size. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Augustinus Bader’s $265 ‘Miracle Cream’ Is as Amazing as Everyone Says," 5 Sep. 2020 With a gel-like consistency that’s perfect for daytime, L’Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense is a moisturizing dream, containing hyaluronic acid and caffeine to boost the skin’s elasticity and ability to retain moisture. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Want to fight dark circles? Look for these ingredients in your next eye cream," 21 Aug. 2020 To take a book series that repeatedly promotes the value of tradition, familial expectation, and anti-authoritarian revolt and turn it into a vehicle for opposing mild immigration restrictions requires admirable mental elasticity. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, "The Left’s Infatuation with Harry Potter," 15 Aug. 2020 For those who work in football, this is the point when the elasticity of the offseason dissolves, the weeks become structured and the routine crystallizes. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "With Big Ten football's fate pending, coaches in rare position: Totally out of control," 10 Aug. 2020 While the pigment hides dark circles on the surface of your skin, these ingredients work beneath it to restore firmness, elasticity, or hydration. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best under-eye concealer," 8 Aug. 2020 Jaworski and Peake have mathematically calculated how engineers might use such porosity and elasticity to reduce noise, and how to quantify that diminished din. Dana Mackenzie, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Silence Wind Turbines and Airplanes, Engineers Are Studying Owl Wings," 15 Apr. 2020 Each set is made out of 100 percent cotton flannel, pre-shrunk, and brushed to add softness and elasticity. Popular Science, "Affordable bedsheets to keep you warm all night long," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of elasticity

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Sep 2020

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“Elasticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elasticity. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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