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e·las·tic·i·ty

 (ĭ-lă-stĭs′ĭ-tē, ē′lă-)
n.
1. The condition or property of being elastic; flexibility.
2. Physics
a. The property of returning to an initial form or state following deformation.
b. The degree to which this property is exhibited.
3. A measure of how changes in price affect supply or demand for a given good, equal to the percentage of change in supply or demand divided by the percentage of the price change.

elasticity

(ɪlæˈstɪsɪtɪ; ˌiːlæ-)
n
1. (General Physics) the property of a body or substance that enables it to resume its original shape or size when a distorting force is removed. See also elastic limit
2. the state or quality of being elastic; flexibility or buoyancy
3. (Economics) a measure of the sensitivity of demand for goods or services to changes in price or other marketing variables, such as advertising

e•las•tic•i•ty

(ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti, ˌi læˈstɪs-)

n.
1. the state or quality of being elastic.
2. flexibility; adaptability: elasticity of meaning.
3. buoyancy; ability to overcome depression.
4. the property of a substance that enables it to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force effecting such a change and to recover its original form upon the removal of the force.
[1655–65]

e·las·tic·i·ty

(ĭ-lă-stĭs′ĭ-tē)
The ability of a solid to return to its original shape or form after being stretched or compressed by a force. Elasticity is a property of most solid materials, including rubber, steel, and many tissues of the body.

elastic adjective

elasticity

Physics. the property of a substance that makes it possible to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force and to recover its original form upon the removal of a force. — elastic, adj.
See also: Materials, Properties of

elasticity

1. The measure of the sensitivity of demand for goods and services to changes of price or other product variables.
2. The ability of a substance that has been deformed to regain its original size and shape when the deforming stress is removed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elasticity - the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had lost its snap"
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
resilience, resiliency - the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit
bounce, bounciness - the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
give, springiness, spring - the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
stretchability, stretchiness, stretch - the capacity for being stretched
toughness, temper - the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking
elasticity of shear - the elasticity of a body that has been pulled out of shape by a shearing force
inelasticity - the lack of elasticity

elasticity

noun
1. flexibility, suppleness, plasticity, give (informal), pliability, ductility, springiness, pliancy, stretchiness, rubberiness Daily facial exercises help to retain the skin's elasticity.

elasticity

noun
2. The ability to recover quickly from depression or discouragement:
Translations
مُرونَه، لُدونَه
elasticitetfleksibilitetsmidighed
teygja, teygjanleiki
esneklik

elasticity

[ˌiːlæsˈtɪsɪtɪ] Nelasticidad f (fig) → flexibilidad f

elasticity

[ˌɛlæˈstɪsəti] n
[skin, muscle] → élasticité f
[demand] → élasticité f

elasticity

nElastizität f

elasticity

[ˌiːlæsˈtɪsɪtɪ] nelasticità

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.

e·las·tic·i·ty

n. elasticidad, habilidad de expandirse.
References in classic literature ?
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelop; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
In the elasticity of her movements, the freshness and the unflagging eagerness which persisted in her face, and broke out in her smile and her glance, she would rather have passed for a girl of twenty, had it not been for a serious and at times mournful look in her eyes, which struck and attracted Kitty.
The general attended her himself to the street-door, saying everything gallant as they went downstairs, admiring the elasticity of her walk, which corresponded exactly with the spirit of her dancing, and making her one of the most graceful bows she had ever beheld, when they parted.
The pure air, and the long summer hours in the open, gave back life and elasticity to Mattie, and Zeena, with more leisure to devote to her complex ailments, grew less watchful of the girl's omissions; so that Ethan, struggling on under the burden of his barren farm and failing saw-mill, could at least imagine that peace reigned in his house.
On being relieved from picket duty Rostov had managed to get a few hours' sleep before morning and felt cheerful, bold, and resolute, with elasticity of movement, faith in his good fortune, and generally in that state of mind which makes everything seem possible, pleasant, and easy.
The hard wood of the bow was extremely tough and this, with the strength and elasticity of my new string, gave me unwonted confidence in my weapon.
Have we not the water-cushions placed between the partition- breaks, whose elasticity will sufficiently protect us?
The buoyancy of his gait, the elasticity of his step, and the hilarity of his countenance, showed that he anticipated, with chuckling satisfaction, the surprise he was about to give those who had ejected him from their society in rags.
Her very walk was discouraging: it had that quiet elasticity that asks for no support.
The elasticity of the reeds quickly recovering from the temporary pressure of our bodies, caused them to spring back to their original position; so that they closed in upon us as we advanced, and prevented the circulation of little air which might otherwise have reached us.
But the country did not recover with its wonted elasticity.
During my youthful days discontent never visited my mind, and if I was ever overcome by ennui, the sight of what is beautiful in nature or the study of what is excellent and sublime in the productions of man could always interest my heart and communicate elasticity to my spirits.