elastic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj elastic capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy "an elastic band","a youthful and elastic walk"
    • adj elastic able to adjust readily to different conditions "an adaptable person","a flexible personality","an elastic clause in a contract"
    • n elastic a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
    • n elastic a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was during World War II that clothes with elastic waists were introduced. This is because the metal used in zippers was badly needed for the war
    • Elastic Able to return quickly to a former state or condition, after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to recover easily from shocks and trials; as, elastic spirits; an elastic constitution.
    • n Elastic An elastic woven fabric, as a belt, braces or suspenders, etc., made in part of India rubber.
    • Elastic Springing back; having a power or inherent property of returning to the form from which a substance is bent, drawn, pressed, or twisted; springy; having the power of rebounding; as, a bow is elastic; the air is elastic; India rubber is elastic. "Capable of being drawn out by force like a piece of elastic gum, and by its own elasticity returning, when the force is removed, to its former position."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most honey bees die after it stings people as our skin is elastic, unsuitable for their stingers which are meant for harder inelastics skins. Their venom glands are also torn out in the process. (So removing the stinger by piching the tip is well, in one word, dumb.jk)
    • elastic Serving, as a catapult, to hurl missiles by the force of a spring.
    • elastic Having, as a solid body, the power of returning to the form from which it is bent, extended, pressed, pulled, or distorted, as soon as the force applied is removed; having, as a fluid, the property of recovering its former volume after compression. A body is perfectly elastic when it has the property of resisting a given deformation equally, however that deformation may have been produced, whether slowly or suddenly, etc. All bodies, however, have different elasticities at different temperatures, and if the deformation is so sudden as to change the temperature of the body and so alter its resistance to deformation, this is not considered as showing it to be imperfectly elastic.
    • elastic Figuratively Admitting of extension; capable of expanding and contracting, according to circumstances; hence, yielding and accommodating: as, an elastic conscience; elastic principles.
    • elastic Possessing the power or quality of recovering from depression or exhaustion; able to resist a depressing or exhausting influence; capable of sustaining shocks without permanent injury: as, elastic spirits.
    • n elastic A piece or strip of india-rubber, or of webbing or belting made elastic by the incorporation of india-rubber, used as a band, garter, or the like. [U. S.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Elastic e-las′tik having a tendency to recover the original form: springy: able to recover quickly a former state or condition after a shock: flexible: yielding
    • n Elastic a piece of string, cord, &c. made elastic by having india-rubber woven in it
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Quotations

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formed fr. Gr. 'elay`nein to drive; prob. akin to L. alacer, lively, brisk, and E. alacrity,: cf. F. élastique,

Usage

In literature:

Thus if the Aether were required to be elastic, then elasticity was postulated for it; if more elastic, then greater elasticity was added.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
The "pile" or surface of the rug remains elastic and stands upright even after a hundred years of wear.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
I'm used to it, and I find the elasticity most enjoyable.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
In those hot, weary hours the elasticity and cheerfulness of the boys died away.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
The elastic was certainly moving, slowly, but too surely.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
They gain a peculiar strength, but lose in tenderness, elasticity, and impressibility.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
Once, in the tropics, a great fruit fell on the elastic strands and bounced upon my body.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
He flexed his muscles once more, felt that they were elastic and powerful, and then he put his ear to the earth.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
In three or four days the feet lose their natural elasticity, and the knees begin to stiffen.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
When he opened the door, however, there was that in his looks which made her spirits leap up like an elastic spring; and his 'Well, Phoebe!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Once more, he strode onward with elastic tread.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
Heartwood reddish white, with fine, clear grain, fairly tough and elastic, not liable to warp and split.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
The swifter the rotation, the more rigid and elastic it is.
"The Machinery of the Universe" by Amos Emerson Dolbear
This example, a little far-fetched, shows how ideas pass from one to another in this elastic domain.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
She wore gloves with one button, moreover, and boots with elastic sides.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
They are firmer, elastic, and at once present themselves in the texture of lichens.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
The modern implement known as a "catapult" is formed by a forked stick, to the forks of which are attached the ends of a piece of elastic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
They are a tonic for the voice, and bring back the elasticity which the more subdued singing of songs taxes.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
So far I have given you no idea what force is exerted by this elastic skin of water.
"Soap-Bubbles" by C. V. Boys
A letter to press, a letter to press is not rowdy, it is not sliding, it is not a measure of the increasing swindling of elastic and breaking.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
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In poetry:

So it can woo an artful flute
With loose elastic lips
Its measurements of joy compute
With blithe, ecstatic hips.
"Harlem Wine" by Countee Cullen
Perseverance' solid saddle,
Prudence' trusty bridle-rein,
Enterprise' elastic stirrup,
And Experience' curb of pain?
"The Steed And The Rider" by Ernest Jones
Stand proudly up, aged sire!
Be filled with hope, elastic boy;
Bring forth the lute and tune the lyre,
And let us have a feast of joy!
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Cold is the hand that fashion'd thee, rude dart!
Cold the strong arm that drew the elastic bow!
And cold the dust of the heroic heart,
Whence, cleft by thee, the crimson tide did flow.
"Lines On An Indian Arrow-Head" by David John Scott

In news:

This reduces the elasticity of the lungs and interferes with breathing, making it hard to move air in and out of the lungs.
A longitudinally extending elastic gathering member is attached to each side flap adjacent to its proximal edge.
When the article is worn, the elastic gathering members contract and raise the side flaps to form side barriers.
We also have Bamboo and Hemp Fabrics, Cloth diaper fabrics, PUL, Snaps, Fold over Elastic (FOE), prefolds, Snaps, Sugar Glider Pouches.
An 'Elastic Impedance' Approach October 2012 Ritesh Kumar Sharma and Satinder Chopra.
Chafing is inevitable, even after you've cut out the elastic running shorts liners and put on a layer of spandex.
It packs features like hidden snap buttons, elastic hand gaiters, and a zippered sleeve pocket.
"Craft" has proven to be a remarkably elastic term.
Handle Elastic Stresses to Manage Springback and Improve Dimensional Stability.
How a college term paper and elastic waistband merged in a not so tall tale .
How a college term paper and elastic waistband merged in a not so tall tale.
Childhood has been an elastic concept through history.
For example, falling estrogen levels contribute to a loss of elasticity in various parts of the body.
Of Kangaroos and Kenyan Calves Calf muscles of elite Kenyans have much greater rebound elasticity than those of non-athletic whites.
Two different elastic yarns are used in a four-point harness system that keeps the socks in place during long runs.
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In science:

Starting from results of a variational solution of the Boltzmann equation, a generalized Matthiessen rule is used in order to superpose the inelastic (or not) electron-phonon and elastic electron-impurity scattering cross sections (”matrix elements”).
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The Gorter–Nordheim rule4 , which is usually applied to treat the thermoelectric power, is based on the assumption of the Mott(-Jones) formula validity, however, restricted to the elastic scattering5 and the adiabatic approximation6,7 .
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The validity of the Wiedemann–Franz law is also restricted to elastic collisions.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
Clearly to resolve the question of elasticity and inelasticity of the scattering is essential for comparing experimental data and theoretical laws in particular for the thermoelectric power and the thermal conductivity.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
It is known that the elastic approximation is sufficient for considering the scattering of the conduction electrons by static impurities.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
However, terms responsible for elastic and inelastic scattering can be easily selected, at least when the conduction band is parabolic.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
However, the phonon (quasiparticle) scattering will be treated as inelastic while the impurity scattering is elastic in its nature, since the impurity is usually assumed to be more heavy than the electron effective mass.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
In the case of elastic scattering by impurities, as here, the integrals can be treated as simply.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
In the case of the thermoelectric power however we can obtain a new evidence as a conclusion, i.e. the maximum at intermediate temperatures is caused by the energy transfer between the conduction electrons and phonons8 and is lowered as a result of the elastic scattering of the electrons on impurities.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The effect was studied under the assumption of elastic electron-phonon interaction or in the adiabatic approximation.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
This assumption is fulfilled if inelastic (and not only elastic) collision rates are sufficiently large.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
These interactions are elastic collisions which still occur at chemical freeze-out, since the system remains kinetical ly equilibrated.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
Fig. 2. (a) Schematic representation of many motors collectively working against a spring of elastic modulus k. (b) Two state model for many motors.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Elastic elements such as nexins (N) are also present. (b) Two-dimensional representation.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Two parallel elastic filaments are connected at one end.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
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