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Meaning of ELASTIC

Pronunciation:  i'lastik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an elastic fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
  2. [n]  a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
  3. [adj]  capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk"
  4. [adj]  able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract"

ELASTIC is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: adaptable, bouncy, chewy, ductile, elastic band, elasticised, elasticized, expandable, expandible, expansible, expansile, fictile, flexible, live, lively, malleable, moldable, plastic, pliable, pliant, resilient, rubber band, rubberlike, rubbery, springlike, springy, stretch, stretchable, stretchy, tensile, tractile, viscoelastic, whippy
 Antonyms: inelastic
 See Also: band, cloth, elastic device, fabric, flexile, material, textile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*las"tic\, a. [Formed fr. Gr. ? to drive; prob. akin
    to L. alacer lively, brisk, and E. alacrity: cf. F.
    1. 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; as, a bow is elastic; the air is elastic;
       India rubber is elastic.
             Capable of being drawn out by force like a piece of
             elastic gum, and by its own elasticity returning,
             when the force is removed, to its former position.
    2. Able to return quickly to a former state or condition,
       after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to
       recover easily from shocks and trials; as, elastic
       spirits; an elastic constitution.
    {Elastic bitumen}. (Min.) See {Elaterite}.
    {Elastic curve}.
       (a) (Geom.) The curve made by a thin elastic rod fixed
           horizontally at one end and loaded at the other.
       (b) (Mech.) The figure assumed by the longitudinal axis of
           an originally straight bar under any system of bending
           forces. --Rankine.
    {Elastic fluids}, those which have the property of expanding
       in all directions on the removal of external pressure, as
       the air, steam, and other gases and vapors.
    {Elastic limit} (Mech.), the limit of distortion, by bending,
       stretching, etc., that a body can undergo and yet return
       to its original form when relieved from stress; also, the
       unit force or stress required to produce this distortion.
       Within the elastic limit the distortion is directly
       proportional to the stress producing it.
    {Elastic tissue} (Anat.), a variety of connective tissue
       consisting of a network of slender and very elastic fibers
       which are but slightly affected by acids or alkalies.
    {Gum elastic}, caoutchouc.
  2. \E*las"tic\, n.
    An elastic woven fabric, as a belt, braces or suspenders,
    etc., made in part of India rubber. [Colloq.]
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