- able to spring back to its original size, shape, or position after being stretched, squeezed, flexed, expanded, etc.; flexible; springy
- able to recover easily from dejection, fatigue, etc.; buoyant: an elastic temperament
- readily changed or changing to suit circumstances; adaptable: elastic regulations
- Econ. responding to changes in price: said of the demand for, or supply of, particular goods or services
Origin of elasticModern Latin elasticus from Late Greek elastikos from Classical Greek elaunein, to set in motion, beat out from Indo-European base an unverified form el-, to drive, move, go from source uncertain or unknown; perhaps lane
- an elastic fabric made flexible by strands of rubber or a rubberlike synthetic running through it
- a band, garter, etc. of this material
- a rubber band
- 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.
- Quick to recover, as from disappointment; resilient: an elastic spirit.
- 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 )
- Economics Of, relating to, or being a good for which changes in price have a large effect on the quantity demanded or supplied.
- a. A flexible stretchable fabric made with interwoven strands of rubber or an imitative synthetic fiber.b. An object made of this fabric.
- A rubber band.
Origin of elasticNew Latin elasticus from Late Greek elastos beaten, ductile variant of Greek elatos from elaunein to beat out
(comparative more elastic, superlative most elastic)
- Capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released.
- The rope is somewhat elastic, so expect it to give when you pull on it.
- Made of elastic.
- elastic band
- Of clothing, elasticated.
- (economics) Sensitive to changes in price.
- Demand for entertainment is more elastic than demand for energy.
- springy; bouncy; vivacious
- Able to return quickly to a former state or condition, after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to recover easily from shocks and trials.
- elastic spirits; an elastic constitution
(countable and uncountable, plural elastics)
- (uncountable) An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
- Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.
- (countable) An elastic band.
From French élastique, from New Latin elasticus (“elastic”), from Ancient Greek as if * ἐλαστής (elastēs) for ἐλατής (elatēs), equiv. to ἐλατήρ (elatēr, “a driver, hurler”), from ἐλαύνειν (elaunein, “to drive, set in motion, push, strike, beat out”).