Definition of "elastic" []

  • Easily resuming original shape after being stretched or expanded; flexible. See Synonyms at flexible. (adjective)
  • Springy; rebounding. (adjective)
  • Physics Returning to or capable of returning to an initial form or state after deformation. (adjective)
  • Quick to recover, as from disappointment: an elastic spirit. (adjective)
  • Capable of adapting to change or a variety of circumstances. (adjective)
  • (of a body or material) capable of returning to its original shape after compression, expansion, stretching, or other deformation (adjective)

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  • Capable of adapting to change (adjective)
  • Quick to recover from fatigue, dejection, etc; buoyant (adjective)
  • Springy or resilient (adjective)
  • (of gases) capable of expanding spontaneously (adjective)
  • (of collisions) involving no overall change in translational kinetic energy (adjective)
  • Made of elastic (adjective)
  • Tape, cord, or fabric containing interwoven strands of flexible rubber or similar substance allowing it to stretch and return to its original shape (noun)
  • Something made of elastic, such as a rubber band or a garter (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "elastic" in a sentence
  • "There's a want of what I call elastic power in your mind, Catherine -- the very quality for which your father was so remarkable; the very quality which Mr. Presty used to say made him envy Mr. Norman."
  • "Light streamed among them, reaching outward in elastic fields of energy."
  • "The big question that drives this is, for RPGs in general, and for a given product, how elastic is the price curve really?"