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ELASTIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elastic mean? 

ELASTIC (noun)
  The noun ELASTIC has 2 senses:

1. a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
2. a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

  Familiarity information: ELASTIC used as a noun is rare.


ELASTIC (adjective)
  The adjective ELASTIC has 2 senses:

1. capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
2. able to adjust readily to different conditions

  Familiarity information: ELASTIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELASTIC (noun)


Sense 1elastic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

elastic; elastic band; rubber band

Hypernyms ("elastic" is a kind of...):

band (a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body))

elastic device (any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched)


Sense 2elastic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("elastic" is a kind of...):

cloth; fabric; material; textile (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers)


ELASTIC (adjective)


Sense 1elastic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

Context examples:

an elastic band / a youthful and elastic walk

Similar:

viscoelastic (having viscous as well as elastic properties)

stretchable; stretchy (capable of being easily stretched and resuming former size or shape)

stretch (easily stretched)

springlike (resembling a spring or the action of a spring)

rubberlike; rubbery (having an elastic texture resembling rubber in flexibility or toughness)

flexible; whippy (bending and snapping back readily without breaking)

fictile; moldable; plastic (capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material))

expandable; expandible; expansible; expansile ((of gases) capable of expansion)

elasticised; elasticized (made with strands or inserts of elastic)

chewy ((of a consistency) requiring chewing)

bouncy; live; lively; resilient; springy (elastic; rebounds readily)

Also:

flexible; flexile (able to flex; able to bend easily)

Antonym:

inelastic (not elastic)


Sense 2elastic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to adjust readily to different conditions

Synonyms:

elastic; flexible; pliable; pliant

Context examples:

an adaptable person / a flexible personality / an elastic clause in a contract

Similar:

adaptable (capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use)


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