Meaning of ELASTIC in English

adj. & n.


1. able to resume its normal bulk or shape spontaneously after contraction, dilatation, or distortion.

2 springy.

3 (of a person or feelings) buoyant.

4 flexible, adaptable (elastic conscience).

5 Econ. (of demand) variable according to price.

6 Physics (of a collision) involving no decrease of kinetic energy.

--n. elastic cord or fabric, usu. woven with strips of rubber.

Phrases and idioms:

elastic band rubber band (see RUBBER(1)).


elastically adv. elasticity n. elasticize v.tr. (also -ise).

Etymology: mod.L elasticus f. Gk elastikos propulsive f. elauno drive

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.