Adjective "Elastic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an object or material) able to resume its normal shape spontaneously after being stretched or compressed.
  1. 'By definition, a material is elastic if it recovers its initial shape after load removal.'
  2. 'For example, the wheels are made of an elastic material to absorb more of the shock from bumpy roads and reduce noise.'
  3. 'A popular style of loafers come with elastic material on either side.'
  4. 'Obsidian can also be employed as an elastic earthquake-resistant building material.'
  5. 'Within certain loading limits, it behaves as a homogenous elastic material and these limits are wider than for normal concrete.'
  6. 'The fibrous layer, which is made of aragonite and organic material, is elastic only under compressional stress.'
  7. 'The mandible is composed of elastic materials and it will deform due to loads exerted by the jaw muscles, bite point, and joints.'
  8. 'The separation between these two kinds of world is not a division into two parts set in isolation from one another but more like a stretching of an elastic material in two directions.'
  9. 'But a more elastic material, such as nitinol, can be used to produce an endoscope that offers a high degree of flexibility and kink resistance.'
  10. 'This a tube made out of an elastic material that is very similar to a normal healthy aorta.'
Able to encompass much variety and change; flexible and adaptable.
  1. 'Special relativity showed that time is elastic, flexible.'
  2. 'Its ramifications are contentious, and the principle's formulation is sufficiently elastic to accommodate a variety of constructions.'
  3. 'The concept of ‘humiliation’ is so elastic in this writer as to be practically meaningless.'
  4. 'Private and family life is a flexible and elastic concept incapable of precise definition.'
  5. 'It has to be elastic enough to take account of unpredictable events, and it still has to allow for editors to have the freedom to be wrong.'
  6. 'Of course, this is because my account of epistemology is, in certain respects, highly elastic.'
(of demand or supply) sensitive to changes in price or income.
  1. 'In the case of perfect competition where there is no market power, a firm's supply changes will have no effect on the price, and the residual demand is perfectly elastic.'
  2. 'Thus, the imperfectly competing firms faced a more elastic demand for their services than would a monopoly railroad.'
  3. 'The other extreme is a perfectly elastic demand.'
(of a collision) involving no decrease of kinetic energy.
  1. 'As the temperature decreases the elastic energy increases and eventually causes a shear in a part of the matrix, which stabilises the rest.'
  2. 'The concept of Newtonian elastic collisions among molecules of a gas suffices to bind together in one theory the empirical laws of Boyle, Charles, and Graham.'


Cord, tape, or fabric, woven with strips of rubber, which returns to its original length or shape after being stretched.
  1. 'She fastens it there with a strong hair elastic, and uses a hatpin to attach the cloth flower.'
  2. 'White rubber elastic is strong and stable and is commonly used in competitive swim-suits.'
  3. 'Use a large needle to thread thin elastic through the mask, knotting elastic at each end to create a band.'
  4. 'Stabilize seams as you sew with clear elastic or sheer tricot tape.'
  5. 'It stretched across them like endless elastic.'
  6. 'After doing some research, I discovered the answer: The dryer was destroying the rubber elastic in the socks and underwear.'
  7. 'Take the fabric for the top and starting at the back end of the board, use your largest zigzag stitch to sew corded elastic to the edge, all the way around the board.'
  8. 'She took the hair elastic from her wrist and pulled her straight hair away from her face and into a ponytail; this was the last time she would look at her little studio apartment again.'
  9. 'Strings or elastic might be attached inside the skirt to keep the back fullness and the bustle in place.'
  10. 'I know too, that nylon and stretch elastic, cast aside by fishermen, catches around seabirds' legs and either slowly kills or maims them.'


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

More examples(as adjective)

"threads can be elastic in/at/on bands."

"rates can be elastic at moments."

"people can be elastic in things."

"limitations can be elastic to degrees."

"demands can be elastic with respects."

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Mid 17th century (originally describing a gas in the sense ‘expanding spontaneously to fill the available space’): from modern Latin elasticus, from Greek elastikos ‘propulsive’, from elaunein ‘to drive’.