What does elasticity mean?

Definitions for elasticity
ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti, ˌi læˈstɪs-elas·tic·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elasticity, snapnoun

    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

    "the waistband had lost its snap"


  1. elasticitynoun

    The property by virtue of which a material deformed under the load can regain its original dimensions when unloaded

  2. elasticitynoun

    The sensitivity of changes in a quantity with respect to changes in another quantity.

    If the sales of an item drop by 5 % when the price increases by 10 %, its price elasticity is -0.5.

  3. elasticitynoun

    The quality of being elastic.

  4. elasticitynoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elasticitynoun

    Force in bodies, by which they endeavour to restore themselves to the posture from whence they were displaced by any external force. John Quincy

    Etymology: from elastick.

    A lute string will bear a hundred weight without rupture; but, at the same time, cannot exert its elasticity: take away fifty, and immediately it raiseth the weight. John Arbuthnot, on Alim.

    Me emptiness and dulness could inspire,
    And were my elasticity and fire. Alexander Pope, Dunciad, b. i.


  1. elasticity

    Elasticity refers to the degree to which a system, object or variable can adapt or change in response to variations in an external force or condition. In economics, it often describes the sensitivity of demand or supply to changes in price or income. In physics, elasticity refers to the property of an object or material which causes it to be restored to its original shape after distortion. It basically measures the flexibility, adaptability, or responsiveness of a certain element to change.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elasticitynoun

    the quality of being elastic; the inherent property in bodies by which they recover their former figure or dimensions, after the removal of external pressure or altering force; springiness; tendency to rebound; as, the elasticity of caoutchouc; the elasticity of the air

  2. Elasticitynoun

    power of resistance to, or recovery from, depression or overwork

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. lasticit.]


  1. Elasticity

    In physics, elasticity is a physical property of materials which return to their original shape after they are deformed.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Elasticity

    Resistance and recovery from distortion of shape.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elasticity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elasticity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of elasticity in a Sentence

  1. Mike Zuzolo:

    The trade got comfortable with an oversupply mindset, we live in a global grain market and a supply problem and lower prices really can stimulate consumption. The elasticity of that consumption is greater than we often assume.

  2. Fabrice Dedouit:

    At the beginning it was a surprise when we opened the lead cases. We didn't know precisely what were inside the urns, it was, in fact, really really exceptional material for us to study. You had a sensation of elasticity that was completely amazing. It is as if these people had recently died, rather than these being 500-year-old hearts.

  3. Bakari Sellers:

    She has the most elasticity of any candidate, people want her to do well, but at the end of Election Day, they don't know her. It is difficult for her because she has to get acclimated to various communities quickly.

  4. Rich Ross:

    Brands are all about trust, you can expand the universe of what people think you are, but there's only so much elasticity. On Discovery, that's why I talk about authenticity. Authenticity is job No. 1, 2 and 3.

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