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e·las·tic

 (ĭ-lăs′tĭk)
adj.
1.
a. Easily resuming original size or shape after being stretched or otherwise deformed; flexible. See Synonyms at flexible.
b. Relating to a collision in which the total kinetic energy is conserved.
2. Quick to recover, as from disappointment; resilient: an elastic spirit.
3. Capable of being adapted to change or a variety of circumstances: "To say that morale is a highly unscientific and quite elastic concept would be an understatement" (Roger J. Spiller).
4. Economics Of, relating to, or being a good for which changes in price have a large effect on the quantity demanded or supplied.
n.
1.
a. A flexible stretchable fabric made with interwoven strands of rubber or an imitative synthetic fiber.
b. An object made of this fabric.
2. A rubber band.

[New Latin elasticus, from Late Greek elastos, beaten, ductile, variant of Greek elatos, from elaunein, to beat out.]

e·las′ti·cal·ly adv.

elastic

(ɪˈlæstɪk)
adj
1. (General Physics) (of a body or material) capable of returning to its original shape after compression, expansion, stretching, or other deformation
2. capable of adapting to change: an elastic schedule.
3. quick to recover from fatigue, dejection, etc; buoyant
4. springy or resilient: an elastic walk.
5. (Chemistry) (of gases) capable of expanding spontaneously
6. (General Physics) physics (of collisions) involving no overall change in translational kinetic energy
7. (Textiles) made of elastic
n
8. (Textiles) tape, cord, or fabric containing interwoven strands of flexible rubber or similar substance allowing it to stretch and return to its original shape
9. (Textiles) chiefly US and Canadian something made of elastic, such as a rubber band or a garter
[C17: from New Latin elasticus impulsive, from Greek elastikos, from elaunein to beat, drive]
eˈlastically adv

e•las•tic

(ɪˈlæs tɪk)

adj.
1. capable of returning to its original length or shape after being stretched.
2. spontaneously expansive, as gases.
3. flexible; adaptable: elastic rules.
4. bouncy or springy: an elastic step.
5. resilient; buoyant.
n.
6. fabric or material made elastic, as with strips of rubber.
7. something made from this material, as a garter.
[1645–55; < New Latin elasticus expanding spontaneously < Greek elast(ós) (late variant of elatós ductile, beaten (of metal)]
e•las′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elastic - a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) togetherelastic - a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
band - a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
elastic device - any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched
2.elastic - a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Adj.1.elastic - capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk"
flexile, flexible - able to flex; able to bend easily; "slim flexible birches"
inelastic - not elastic; "economists speak of an inelastic price structure"
2.elastic - able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract"
adaptable - capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use; "to succeed one must be adaptable"; "the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths"

elastic

elastic

adjective
1. Capable of withstanding stress without injury:
Physics: plastic.
2. Capable of adapting or being adapted:
Translations
مَرِنمَرِن، مُتَمَغِّطمَطّاطمَطَّاط
elastický
elastikelastiskfleksibel
kuminauha
elastika
sveigjanlegurteygjanlegurteygjuband, teygja
弾性ゴム
고무줄
elastingumaselastinisgumelėlankstustamprumas
elastīgsgumijapielāgojamsspējīgs pielāgoties
elastikaprožen
resår
ความยืดหยุ่น
elastikîesneklastiklâstik
chất cao su

elastic

[ɪˈlæstɪk]
A. ADJelástico (fig) → flexible
B. N (in garment) → elástico m, jebe m (S. Cone)
C. CPD elastic band N (esp Brit) → gomita f, goma f elástica

elastic

[ɪˈlæstɪk]
adj
(= stretchy) [material] → élastique; [skin, muscle] → élastique; [dough] → élastique
(= flexible) [policy, idea] → flexible
an elastic interpretation of sth → une interprétation flexible de qch
nélastique m

elastic

adj (lit, fig)elastisch; elastic waistTaille fmit Gummizug
nGummi (→ band nt) m; (US: = rubber band) → Gummi m; a piece of elasticein Gummiband nt

elastic

[ɪˈlæstɪk]
1. adjelastico/a
2. nelastico

elastic

(iˈlӕstik) adjective
1. (of a material or substance) able to return to its original shape or size after being pulled or pressed out of shape. an elastic bandage; Rubber is an elastic substance.
2. able to be changed or adapted. This is a fairly elastic arrangement.
noun
a type of cord containing strands of rubber. Her hat was held on with a piece of elastic.
elasticity (iːlӕˈstisəti) , ((American) ilas-) noun
elastic band (also rubber band)
a small thin piece of rubber for holding things together or in place. He put an elastic band round the papers.

elastic

مَطَّاط elastický elastik Gummi λάστιχο elástico kuminauha élastique elastika elastico 弾性ゴム 고무줄 elastiek strikk guma elástico резинка resår ความยืดหยุ่น lastik chất cao su 弹性织物

e·las·tic

n. elástico, cinta de goma;
a. elástico-a, capaz de extenderse y de volver luego a la forma inicial;
___ tissuetejido ___;
___ stockingmedia ___.

elastic

adj elástico
References in classic literature ?
Mine is so elastic, it never seems full now, and I used to be quite contented with my family.
The elastic, light step of an Indian was gone, and in its place he was compelled to toil his tardy way over the ground, inch by inch.
Her figure, to be sure,--so small as to be almost childlike, and so elastic that motion seemed as easy or easier to it than rest,would hardly have suited one's idea of a countess.
Be it said, that though I had felt such a strong repugnance to his smoking in the bed the night before, yet see how elastic our stiff prejudices grow when love once comes to bend them.
That blubber is something of the consistence of firm, close-grained beef, but tougher, more elastic and compact, and ranges from eight or ten to twelve and fifteen inches in thickness.
It was one of the most useful motions in mechanics, the pedal movement; so I made a note in my memorandum book, purposing some day to apply a system of elastic cords to him and run a sewing machine with it.
But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
she asked, snapping the elastic in her black jet bracelets after an irritating fashion she had.
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a 'good-morning,' but closed it again, the salutation unachieved; for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orison SOTTO VOCE, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
The lamps across his streets had a portentously elastic swing with them.
Indeed, the two friends, beating the bushes, roused a herd of kangaroos that fled and bounded along on their elastic paws.
And while upon this matter of detail, it is remarkable that the long leverages of their machines are in most cases actuated by a sort of sham musculature of the disks in an elastic sheath; these disks become polarised and drawn closely and powerfully together when traversed by a current of electricity.