Meaning of ELASTIC in English

ELASTIC

/ ɪˈlæstɪk; NAmE / noun , adjective

■ noun

[ U ] material made with rubber, that can stretch and then return to its original size :

This skirt needs some new elastic in the waist.

■ adjective

1.

made with elastic :

an elastic headband

2.

able to stretch and return to its original size and shape :

elastic materials

3.

that can change or be changed :

Our plans are fairly elastic.

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent. (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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.