Definitions of elastic

  1. an elastic fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
  2. a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things ( such as papers) together
  3. capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy; " an elastic band"; " a youthful and elastic walk"
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An elastic woven fabric, as a belt, braces or suspenders, etc., made in part of India rubber.
  7. Springing back; having the power of returning to its original form; rebounding; springy; capable of extension.
  8. An elastic woven cloth made in part of India rubber.
  9. Elastically.
  10. Springy; having a tendency to return to the original form.
  11. Spontaneously returning to its original shape; springy; accommodating; buoyant.
  12. A band of elastic material.
  13. Springing back; having the power of returning to the form from which it is bent, extended, depressed, or distorted; readily recovering one's self after a shock, & c. Elastic, tissue, a tissue composed of elastic fibres capable of extension to twice their length.
  14. Springing back; having the power to return to the form from which it is bent, drawn, or pressed.

Usage examples for elastic

  1. She took it off now, and swung it to and fro by the elastic. – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
  2. This " pine- brush," as it is called, formed a soft elastic couch. – Silver Lake by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. Humfrey had then declined, but hospitality in those days was elastic, and he had no doubt of a welcome. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  4. It has a remarkable way of throwing itself down these steep places, head foremost, so as to light upon its horns; which being elastic, bear the shock, and save the animal from injury. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  5. His thoughts were so elastic, his heart so tender; and involuntarily he picked one of the nearest flowers. – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  6. Then he slowly mounted along the broad blade of a meadow fox- tail grass, which bent under him as if to afford him an elastic send- off upon his flight. – The Lilac Sunbonnet by S.R. Crockett
  7. Her face brightened up and her step was elastic as once more she found herself in the midst of her fellow workers. – John Marsh's Millions by Charles Klein Arthur Hornblow
  8. The old man followed the youth, who showed him the way, and as he raised his eyes from time to time, he glanced with admiration at his guide's broad shoulders and elastic limbs. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. No. But then your sense of duty is more elastic than Jake's. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  10. He drew the pink satin elastic from his pocket and looked at it. – The Ramblin' Kid by Earl Wayland Bowman
  11. It was like a thing of india- rubber or elastic. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  12. He turned to her again, with his elastic smile. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  13. It is not elastic like rubber; it may be stretched; but it will not snap back again as rubber does. – Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan
  14. The long elastic handle of his weapon struck Isaacs' horse on the flank and glanced upward, the head of the club striking Isaacs just above the back of the neck. – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  15. The forests of Guiana furnish many species of hard wood, tough and elastic, out of which beautiful and excellent bows are formed. – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  16. It might have occurred to our critics, we used to think, to ask themselves whether the English literature is not elastic enough to permit the play of forces in it which are foreign to their experience. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  17. The shaft is broad and flat, as elastic as a watch- spring; it looks like a band of burnished steel as it runs down between the vanes. – The Woodpeckers by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
  18. This was soon done, both Jack Tier and Biddy proving very serviceable, while Rose tripped backward and forward, with a step elastic as a gazelle's, carrying light burdens. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper