Meaning of elasticity


Pronunciation: (i-la-stis'i-tē, ē"la-stis'-), [key]
— n.
  1. the state or quality of being elastic.
  2. flexibility; resilience; adaptability: a statement with a great elasticity of meaning.
  3. buoyancy; ability to resist or overcome depression.
  4. the property of a substance that enables it to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force effecting such a change and to recover its original form upon the removal of the force.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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