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elastic

[ih-las-tik] /ɪˈlæs tɪk/
adjective
1.
capable of returning to its original length, shape, etc., after being stretched, deformed, compressed, or expanded:
an elastic waistband; elastic fiber.
2.
spontaneously expansive, as gases.
3.
flexible; accommodating; adaptable; tolerant:
elastic rules and regulations.
4.
springing back or rebounding; springy:
He walks with an elastic step.
5.
readily recovering from depression or exhaustion; buoyant:
an elastic temperament.
6.
Economics. relatively responsive to change, as to a proportionate increase in demand as the result of a decrease in price.
Compare inelastic (def 2).
7.
Physics. of, relating to, or noting a body having the property of elasticity.
noun
8.
webbing, or material in the form of a band, made elastic, as with strips of rubber.
9.
something made from this material, as a garter.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < New Latin elasticus expanding spontaneously, equivalent to Greek elast(ós) (late variant of elatós ductile, beaten (of metal), derivative of elaúnein, elân beat out, forge) + -icus -ic
Related forms
elastically, adverb
nonelastic, adjective
nonelastically, adverb
semielastic, adjective
semielastically, adverb
superelastic, adjective
superelastically, adverb
unelastic, adjective
unelastically, adverb
Synonyms
3. resilient, pliant.
Antonyms
3. rigid, inflexible, intolerant, unyielding.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-elastically

elastic

/ɪˈlæstɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a body or material) capable of returning to its original shape after compression, expansion, stretching, or other deformation
2.
capable of adapting to change: an elastic schedule
3.
quick to recover from fatigue, dejection, etc; buoyant
4.
springy or resilient: an elastic walk
5.
(of gases) capable of expanding spontaneously
6.
(physics) (of collisions) involving no overall change in translational kinetic energy
7.
made of elastic
noun
8.
tape, cord, or fabric containing interwoven strands of flexible rubber or similar substance allowing it to stretch and return to its original shape
9.
(mainly US & Canadian) something made of elastic, such as a rubber band or a garter
Derived Forms
elastically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin elasticus impulsive, from Greek elastikos, from elaunein to beat, drive
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Word Origin and History for un-elastically

elastic

adj.

1650s, coined in French (1650s) as a scientific term to describe gases, from Modern Latin elasticus, from Greek elastos "ductile, flexible," related to elaunein "to strike, beat out," of uncertain origin. Applied to solids from 1670s. Figurative use by 1859. The noun, "cord or string woven with rubber," is 1847, American English.

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un-elastically in Medicine

elastic e·las·tic (ĭ-lās'tĭk)
adj.
Having the property of returning to the original shape after being distorted.

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