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elasticity

[ih-la-stis-i-tee, ee-la-stis-] /ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti, ˌi læˈstɪs-/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being elastic.
2.
flexibility; resilience; adaptability:
a statement with a great elasticity of meaning.
3.
buoyancy; ability to resist or overcome depression.
4.
Physics. the property of a substance that enables it to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force effecting such a change and to recover its original form upon the removal of the force.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; elastic + -ity
Related forms
nonelasticity, noun
unelasticity, noun
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elasticity

n.

1660s; see elastic + -ity.

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elasticity e·las·tic·i·ty (ĭ-lā-stĭs'ĭ-tē, ē'lā-)
n.

  1. The condition or property of being elastic; flexibility.

  2. The property of returning to an initial form or state following deformation.

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elasticity
  (ĭ-lā-stĭs'ĭ-tē)   
The ability of a solid to return to its original shape or form after being subject to strain. Most solid materials display elasticity, up to a load point called the elastic limit; loads higher than this limit cause permanent deformation of the material. See also Hooke's law.
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un elasticity in Culture

elasticity definition


A shift in either demand or supply of a good or service depending on its price. Demand is said to be elastic when it responds quickly to changes in prices, and inelastic when it responds sluggishly.

elasticity definition


The property of a material that allows it to return to its original shape after having been deformed and to exert a force while deformed. (See stress.)

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