from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily resuming original shape after being stretched or expanded; flexible. See Synonyms at flexible.
- adj. Springy; rebounding.
- adj. Physics Returning to or capable of returning to an initial form or state after deformation.
- adj. Quick to recover, as from disappointment: an elastic spirit.
- adj. Capable of adapting to change or a variety of circumstances.
- n. A flexible stretchable fabric made with interwoven strands of rubber or an imitative synthetic fiber.
- n. An object made of this fabric.
- n. A rubber band.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released.
- adj. Made of elastic.
- adj. Of clothing, elasticated.
- adj. Sensitive to changes in price.
- adj. springy; bouncy; vivacious
- n. An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
- n. An elastic band.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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
- adj. Able to return quickly to a former state or condition, after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to recover easily from shocks and trials
- n. An elastic woven fabric, as a belt, braces or suspenders, etc., made in part of India rubber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving, as a catapult, to hurl missiles by the force of a spring.
- Having, as a solid body, the power of returning to the form from which it is bent, extended, pressed, pulled, or distorted, as soon as the force applied is removed; having, as a fluid, the property of recovering its former volume after compression.
- Figuratively Admitting of extension; capable of expanding and contracting, according to circumstances; hence, yielding and accommodating: as, an elastic conscience; elastic principles.
- Possessing the power or quality of recovering from depression or exhaustion; able to resist a depressing or exhausting influence; capable of sustaining shocks without permanent injury: as, elastic spirits.
- n. A piece or strip of india-rubber, or of webbing or belting made elastic by the incorporation of india-rubber, used as a band, garter, or the like. [U. S.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
- n. a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
- adj. able to adjust readily to different conditions
- adj. capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
New Latin elasticus, from Late Greek elastos, beaten, ductile, variant of Greek elatos, from elaunein, to beat out.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)