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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition or property of being elastic; flexibility.
  • n. Physics The property of returning to an initial form or state following deformation.
  • n. Physics The degree to which this property is exhibited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property by virtue of which a material deformed under the load can regain its original dimensions when unloaded
  • n. The sensitivity of changes in a quantity with respect to changes in another quantity.
  • n. The quality of being elastic.
  • n. Adaptability.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being elastic; the inherent property in bodies by which they recover their former figure or dimensions, after the removal of external pressure or altering force; springiness; resilience; tendency to rebound
  • n. Power of resistance to, or recovery from, depression or overwork; -- usually referred to as resilience[3].

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property of being elastic, in any sense; especially, that physical force resident in the smallest sensible parts of bodies, by virtue of which the holding of them in a state of strain (change of size or shape) involves work, which for small strains is proportional to the square of the amount of the strain. There are different kinds of elasticity, corresponding to the different kinds of strain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

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