What does elastic mean?

Definitions for elasticɪˈlæs tɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word elastic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rubber band, elastic band, elastic(noun)

    a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together

  2. elastic(adj)

    a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

  3. elastic(adj)

    capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

    "an elastic band"; "a youthful and elastic walk"

  4. elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant(adj)

    able to adjust readily to different conditions

    "an adaptable person"; "a flexible personality"; "an elastic clause in a contract"


  1. elastic(Noun)

    An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.

    Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.

  2. elastic(Noun)

    An elastic band.

  3. elastic(Adjective)

    Capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released.

    The rope is somewhat elastic, so expect it to give when you pull on it.

  4. elastic(Adjective)

    Made of elastic.

    elastic band

  5. elastic(Adjective)

    Of clothing, elasticated.

  6. elastic(Adjective)

    Sensitive to changes in price.

    Demand for entertainment is more elastic than demand for energy.

  7. Origin: From elasticus, from as if * for , equiv. to , from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elastic(adj)

    springing back; having a power or inherent property of returning to the form from which a substance is bent, drawn, pressed, or twisted; springy; having the power of rebounding; as, a bow is elastic; the air is elastic; India rubber is elastic

  2. Elastic(adj)

    able to return quickly to a former state or condition, after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to recover easily from shocks and trials; as, elastic spirits; an elastic constitution

  3. Elastic(noun)

    an elastic woven fabric, as a belt, braces or suspenders, etc., made in part of India rubber

  4. Origin: [Formed fr. Gr. 'elay`nein to drive; prob. akin to L. alacer lively, brisk, and E. alacrity: cf. F. lastique.]


  1. Elastic

    Elastic is a 2002 album by jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. All tunes were original compositions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elastic

    e-las′tik, adj. having a tendency to recover the original form: springy: able to recover quickly a former state or condition after a shock: flexible: yielding.—n. a piece of string, cord, &c. made elastic by having india-rubber woven in it.—adv. Elas′tically.—ns. Elastic′ity, springiness: power to recover from depression; Elas′ticness. [Coined from Gr. elastikos, elaunein, fut. elasein, to drive.]


  1. Elastic

    Elastic is a scalable way to build and manage your sales team on demand.They are a team of hackers and hustlers. Every team member has either started a company in the past or has future founder ambition. They strive to create the most entrepreneurial company culture in the world.

Editors Contribution

  1. elastic

    A type of synthetic fiber of material created and designed in various colors, sizes and styles used for a variety of purposes.

    Elastic is used in clothing and for a variety of other purposes.

Anagrams for elastic »

  1. Castile, laciest, latices, salicet

  2. Castile

  3. Laciest

  4. Latices

  5. Salicet


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elastic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elastic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeffrey Swanson:

    It’s an elastic boundary, a rubber ruler, about 48 million people in the U.S. have some kind of diagnosable mental illness.

  2. Melissa Piliang:

    Once the elastic is failed and they’re not staying in place and causing extra rubbing and shifting around, it’s time to throw them out and get some new ones.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    There is one thing sure about life: Life will push us hardly many times! When you are pushed, don’t be surprised; stay firm like a plane tree or be elastic like a bamboo!

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    If the day and the night are such that you greet them with with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, more elastic, more starry, more immortal--that is your success.

  5. Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten:

    Tuning the trigger temperature is only one part of the story, we also engineered these materials to store large amount of elastic energy, enabling them to perform more mechanical work during their shape recovery.

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