elastic

Elastic is the rubber-based material that resumes its original shape after stretching or compression, and anything described as elastic is flexible.

In 1923 American inventor William H Spencer took elastic one step further, creating the elastic band — the Internet of its day for bored office workers seeking amusement. The properties of elastic have long lent themselves to metaphorical use, so that anything or anyone that's capable of adaptation or is flexible in its nature can be termed elastic.

Primary Meanings of elastic

1.
adj
capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
2.
n
a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
3.
n
a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
Full Definitions of elastic
1

adj capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

“an elastic band”
“a youthful and elastic walk”
Synonyms:
bouncy, live, lively, resilient, springy
elastic; rebounds readily
chewy
(of a consistency) requiring chewing
elasticised, elasticized
made with strands or inserts of elastic
expandable, expandible, expansible, expansile
(of gases) capable of expansion
fictile, moldable, plastic
capable of being molded or modeled (especially of earth or clay or other soft material)
flexible, whippy
bending and snapping back readily without breaking
rubberlike, rubbery
having an elastic texture resembling rubber in flexibility or toughness
springlike
resembling a spring or the action of a spring
stretch
easily stretched
stretchable, stretchy
capable of being easily stretched and resuming former size or shape
viscoelastic
having viscous as well as elastic properties
flexible, flexile
able to flex; able to bend easily
Antonyms:
inelastic
not elastic
dead
lacking resilience or bounce
nonresilient
not resilient
springless
lacking in elasticity or vitality
inflexible
resistant to being bent
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adj able to adjust readily to different conditions

“an elastic clause in a contract”
Synonyms:
flexible, pliable, pliant
adaptable
capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
2

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

Synonyms:
elastic band, rubber band
Type 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
3

n a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

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