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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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?"