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Definition of elastic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    elastic

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæstɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæstɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1made with elastic an elastic headband
  2. 2able to stretch and return to its original size and shape elastic materials
  3. 3that can change or be changed The demand for the product is elastic. Our plans are fairly elastic.
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (originally describing a gas in the sense ‘expanding spontaneously to fill the available space’): from modern Latin elasticus, from Greek elastikos ‘propulsive’, from elaunein ‘to drive’.
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