Elastic Definition

Able to spring back to its original size, shape, or position after being stretched, squeezed, flexed, expanded, etc.; flexible; springy.
Webster's New World
Relating to a collision in which the total kinetic energy is conserved.
American Heritage
Able to recover easily from dejection, fatigue, etc.; buoyant.
An elastic temperament.
Webster's New World
Quick to recover, as from disappointment; resilient.
An elastic spirit.
American Heritage
Readily changed or changing to suit circumstances; adaptable.
Elastic regulations.
Webster's New World
An elastic fabric made flexible by strands of rubber or a rubberlike synthetic running through it.
Webster's New World
An object made of this fabric.
American Heritage
A band, garter, etc. of this material.
Webster's New World
A rubber band.
Webster's New World
(uncountable) An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.

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Origin of Elastic

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin elasticus from Late Greek elastos beaten, ductile variant of Greek elatos from elaunein to beat out

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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