elastic


elastic
elastic [ē las′tik, ilas′tik]
adj.
[ModL elasticus < LGr elastikos < Gr elaunein, to set in motion, beat out < IE base * el-, to drive, move, go > ? LANE1]
1. able to spring back to its original size, shape, or position after being stretched, squeezed, flexed, expanded, etc.; flexible; springy
2. able to recover easily from dejection, fatigue, etc.; buoyant [an elastic temperament]
3. readily changed or changing to suit circumstances; adaptable [elastic regulations]
4. Econ. responding to changes in price: said of the demand for, or supply of, particular goods or services
n.
1. an elastic fabric made flexible by strands of rubber or a rubberlike synthetic running through it
2. a band, garter, etc. of this material
3. a rubber band
elastically
adv.
SYN.- ELASTIC implies ability to return without permanent injury to the original size or shape after being stretched, expanded, etc. [an elastic garter ]; RESILIENT implies ability to spring back quickly into shape after being deformed, esp. by compression [a healthy, resilient skin ]; FLEXIBLE refers to anything that can be bent without breaking, whether or not it returns to its original form [a flexible wire ]; SUPPLE is applied to that which is easily bent, twisted, or folded without breaking, cracking, etc. [kidskin is supple] -ANT. RIGID, STIFF

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