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Definitions for plasticity
plæˈstɪs ɪ tiplas·tic·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malleability, plasticitynoun

    the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking


  1. plasticitynoun

    The quality or state of being plastic.

  2. plasticitynoun

    the property of a solid body whereby it undergoes a permanent change in shape or size when subjected to a stress exceeding a particular value (the yield value)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plasticitynoun

    the quality or state of being plastic

    Etymology: [Cf. F. plasticit.]

  2. Plasticitynoun

    plastic force

    Etymology: [Cf. F. plasticit.]


  1. Plasticity

    In physics and materials science, plasticity describes the deformation of a material undergoing non-reversible changes of shape in response to applied forces. For example, a solid piece of metal being bent or pounded into a new shape displays plasticity as permanent changes occur within the material itself. In engineering, the transition from elastic behavior to plastic behavior is called yield. Plastic deformation is observed in most materials including metals, soils, rocks, concrete, foams, bone and skin. However, the physical mechanisms that cause plastic deformation can vary widely. At the crystal scale, plasticity in metals is usually a consequence of dislocations. In most crystalline materials such defects are relatively rare. But there are also materials where defects are numerous and are part of the very crystal structure, in such cases plastic crystallinity can result. In brittle materials such as rock, concrete, and bone, plasticity is caused predominantly by slip at microcracks. For many ductile metals, tensile loading applied to a sample will cause it to behave in an elastic manner. Each increment of load is accompanied by a proportional increment in extension, and when the load is removed, the piece returns exactly to its original size. However, once the load exceeds some threshold, the extension increases more rapidly than in the elastic region, and when the load is removed, some amount of the extension remains.


  1. Plasticity

    the capacity for being formed, moulded or developed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plasticity in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plasticity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of plasticity in a Sentence

  1. Manzar Ashtari:

    Brain plasticity is not just for kids — it is for all ages, certainly, plasticity is much more rapid in kids, but we can see improvements in older patients as well.

  2. Marcie Bockbrader:

    Theoretically it seems possible, but until we test… we just don’t know, [After a year] the spontaneous recovery period from stroke is essentially over, so if we could reinstitute a state of being more receptive through therapies to drive plasticity, that would improve function and drive recovery.

  3. Eric Leuthardt:

    Rick was three to four years out from his stroke and we can still recharge his plasticity for him to change his brain circuitry to functional improvement.

  4. Arko Ghosh:

    It gives us a very good excuse to go back and look into the phone logs in greater detail to understand how our digital histories could be used to understand brain function and develop real world solutions by studying the real world example of brain plasticity.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest sceintists are always artists as well.

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