Definition of Elastic

1. Noun. A narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together.

Exact synonyms: Elastic Band, Rubber Band
Generic synonyms: Band, Elastic Device

2. Adjective. Capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy. "A youthful and elastic walk"

3. Noun. A fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material.
Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile

4. Adjective. Able to adjust readily to different conditions. "An elastic clause in a contract"
Exact synonyms: Flexible, Pliable, Pliant
Similar to: Adaptable
Derivative terms: Flexibility, Flexibleness, Pliability, Pliancy, Pliantness

Definition of Elastic

1. a. Springing back; having a power or inherent property of returning to the form from which a substance is bent, drawn, pressed, or twisted; springy; having the power of rebounding; as, a bow is elastic; the air is elastic; India rubber is elastic.

2. n. An elastic woven fabric, as a belt, braces or suspenders, etc., made in part of India rubber.

Definition of Elastic

1. Adjective. Capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released. ¹

2. Adjective. Made of elastic. ¹

3. Adjective. Of clothing, elasticated. ¹

4. Adjective. (economics) Sensitive to changes in price. ¹

5. Adjective. ¹

6. Noun. An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs. ¹

7. Noun. An elastic band. ¹

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Definition of Elastic

1. a stretchable material [n -S]

Medical Definition of Elastic

1. Susceptible of resisting and recovering from stretching, compression or distortion applied by a force. Origin: L. Elasticus This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Elastic

elastance unit
elastic (current term)
elastic artery
elastic band
elastic band fixation
elastic bandage
elastic bands
elastic bougie
elastic cartilage
elastic cone
elastic device
elastic energy
elastic fibres
elastic lamella
elastic layers of arteries
elastic layers of cornea

Literary usage of Elastic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1895)
"Much has been written on the subject of elastic strength of guns in the ... The basisof the modern theory is that within the elastic limit, that is, ..."

2. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1906)
"Du Mesnil de Rochemont considers that degeneration of elastic fibres is due to ... He believes that the breaking down and disappearance of the elastic ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Royal Society of Edinburgh (1900)
"On the Reflexion and Refraction of Solitary Plane Waves at a Plane Interface between two Isotropic elastic Mediums—Fluid, Solid, or Ether. ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1863)
"It is the author's object— I. To show that, in elastic fluids in motion, or tending to move, it is not generally true, or at least not accurately true, ..."

5. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1856)
"The usual way of working the shaft holding the elastic threads is to lift it ... When the invention is carried into effect by working the elastic web shaft, ..."

6. Scientific Papers by George Howard Darwin, Francis Darwin, Ernest William Brown (1908)
"Ix a well-known investigation Sir William Thomson has discussed the problem of the bodily tides of a homogeneous elastic sphere, and has drawn therefrom ..."

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