Definition of elasticity in US English:

elasticity

noun

  • 1The ability of an object or material to resume its normal shape after being stretched or compressed; stretchiness.

    ‘aging can decrease the elasticity of your skin’
    • ‘Well, Angela, the ideal liposuction patient is healthy with a consistent body weight and good skin elasticity.’
    • ‘The lining helps give blood vessels the elasticity they need to regulate blood pressure.’
    • ‘The clay is exhibiting its elasticity on the shovel; the recent spell of rain altering its pliability.’
    • ‘With the braided lines there are too many breakages when the fish takes due to the lack of elasticity.’
    • ‘It retains its elasticity even though frozen and it insulates the ice cream.’
    • ‘Lung elasticity declines slightly with aging but smoking accelerates this greatly.’
    • ‘Circular knitting depended on natural elasticity of its ribbing to substitute for fashioning.’
    • ‘It promises to firm and plump, thus improving elasticity.’
    • ‘For a full season of mountain fun, you need more than rock-hard legs: The key is elasticity.’
    • ‘The most striking feature of the basilar membrane is its elasticity.’
    • ‘The fibers are twisted into ropes and sprayed with natural latex, which increases their elasticity.’
    • ‘In the case of thermal fluctuations this second type of correlation depends on the elasticity of the membrane.’
    • ‘Exhaling is passive; muscles relax and elasticity of the lungs cause them to expel air.’
    • ‘Dry skin can look leathery, dry and flaky, and will lose the elasticity it needs to stay firm and young-looking.’
    • ‘Arterial damage affects the elasticity of arteries, which become stiff and rigid.’
    • ‘A very small fraction of this is due to imperfect elasticity of the solid Earth.’
    • ‘Ultra-violet rays and the free radicals age the skin more quickly reducing its elasticity and creating wrinkles.’
    • ‘"We're trying to alter both the strength and elasticity of the natural silks," Lewis said.’
    • ‘Greater elasticity corresponds to faster deformation and stiffer body, while low elasticity corresponds to softer bodies.’
    • ‘There may be failing sight, deafness for high tones, graying hair, and loss of elasticity of the skin.’
    stretchiness, flexibility, pliancy, suppleness, rubberiness, plasticity, resilience, springiness
    adaptability, flexibility, adjustability, fluidity, accommodation, versatility, variability, malleability, conformability
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  • 2Ability to change and adapt; adaptability.

    • ‘These results are directly comparable to the familiar sensitivity and elasticity of population growth rate.’
    • ‘The instant possesses an immemorial elasticity that defies quantitative diagnosis.’
    • ‘It remains a permanent monument to the academic aspect of elasticity.’
    • ‘Homeric epic provides the most powerful example of the Greek interest in the instability and elasticity of time.’
    • ‘He recognized the elasticity of the term "Latin," which could apply to any civilization that had been part of the ancient Roman world.’
    • ‘This solution has the merit of elasticity.’
    • ‘They even have enough elasticity power to allow you to disagree with them.’
    • ‘The case demonstrates the elasticity of kinship considered as the basis of a social group.’
    • ‘Infinitely more liberal than comparable slang of that era, this application of the folk saying allowed unusual elasticity of interpretation.’
    • ‘Within the rodents, which generally have short generation times, generation time is positively correlated with adult survival elasticity.’
  • 3Economics
    The degree to which a demand or supply is sensitive to changes in price or income.

    ‘the price elasticity of electricity demand’
    • ‘The total welfare changes more closely correspond to the changes in sector gross revenue with the lowest supply elasticity.’
    • ‘Cars have a relatively high income elasticity of demand.’
    • ‘Students might have been surprised to see they were being asked to work out the rate of inflation, the elasticity or the multiplier.’
    • ‘The average of our two estimates of exhortation expenditure elasticities of supply is 0.235.’
    • ‘The growth was a result of price elasticity, where drops in tariffs increased usage.’

Pronunciation

elasticity

/iˌlæˈstɪsədi//ēˌlaˈstisədē/