Meaning of ELASTIC in English
— elastically , adv.
/i las"tik/ , adj.
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. Econ. relatively responsive to change, as to a proportionate increase in demand as the result of a decrease in price. Cf. inelastic (def. 2).
7. Physics. of, pertaining to, or noting a body having the property of elasticity.
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.
10. See rubber band .
[ 1645-55; elasticus expanding spontaneously, equiv. to Gk elast ( ós ) (late var. of elatós ductile, beaten (of metal), deriv. of elaúnein, elân beat out, forge) + -icus -IC ]
Syn. 3. resilient, pliant.
Ant. 3. rigid, inflexible, intolerant, unyielding.
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012