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Dictionary Definition

elastic adj
1 capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk" [ant: inelastic]
2 able to adjust readily to different conditions; "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract" [syn: flexible, pliable, pliant]


1 a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together [syn: rubber band, elastic band]
2 an elastic fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

User Contributed Dictionary




elastic ( more elastic, most elastic)
  1. 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.
  2. Made of elastic.
    elastic band
  3. Of clothing, elasticated.
  4. Sensitive to changes in price.
    Demand for entertainment is more elastic than demand for energy.


capable of stretching
made of elastic
elasticated See elasticated
sensitive to changes in price


elastic (countable and uncountable; plural elastics)
  1. An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
    Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.
  2. An elastic band.


elastic band See elastic band

Extensive Definition

Elastic may refer to:
  • Elastic collision, a term describing collisions in which kinetic energy is conserved
  • Elastic deformations, a term describing reversible deformations of materials
  • Elastic, a colloquial noun for certain kinds of elastomers and stretchable fabrics

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