elasticity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elasticity the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed "the waistband had lost its snap"
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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
    • Elasticity Power of resistance to, or recovery from, depression or overwork; -- usually referred to as resilience3].
    • Elasticity The quality of being elastic; the inherent property in bodies by which they recover their former figure or dimensions, after the removal of external pressure or altering force; springiness; resilience; tendency to rebound; as, the elasticity of caoutchouc; the elasticity of the air.
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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)
    • n elasticity The property of being elastic, in any sense; especially, that physical force resident in the smallest sensible parts of bodies, by virtue of which the holding of them in a state of strain (change of size or shape) involves work, which for small strains is proportional to the square of the amount of the strain. There are different kinds of elasticity, corresponding to the different kinds of strain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Elasticity springiness: power to recover from depression
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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
Cf. F. élasticité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Coined from Gr. elastikos, elaunein, fut. elasein, to drive.

Usage

In literature:

Various palliatives have been adopted in India with a view to giving some elasticity to the working of the Land Revenue system.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
The ribs are elastic.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
Work to a smooth elastic dough and proceed as in a straight dough.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
It has every good quality but one, and that is its imperfect elasticity.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889" by Various
At last her instrument struck a resisting though elastic object; it was the feathers.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
The compression is so uniform, yet so elastic, that it is absolutely painless, and no motion of the body, however violent, can disarrange it.
"Manhood Perfectly Restored" by Unknown
A couple of elastic metal bands fastened the canister to the chest of the wearer.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
The ironwood was heavy as stone, while the cedar, being light and elastic, lent buoyancy and suppleness, all that we could wish for.
"Voyage of the Liberdade" by Captain Joshua Slocum
Can you feel the elastic pads, or bands, moving?
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
The rest of their plan was elastic.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
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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:

Thread enough seed beads on elastic to fit around the top section of your toe.
While the literature claims the patent is most useful for "vests, pantaloons or other garments requiring straps," how many pantaloons do you see with elastic straps held together by clasps these days.
The Grid-It is entirely covered with overlapping elastic straps with little rubber bumps woven into them.
Essentially, the bolts are stretched until they are within the sweet spot of elasticity.
Hard elastic steel ornamented with wavy patterns and used especially for sword blades.
Music / Post No Bills Tuesday: Jim Newberry's photos of improvising musicians at Elastic .
The elastic definition of 'endorsement'.
The public's elastic perception of debate winners and losers.
Cisco Unveils New Elastic Core Networking Capabilities for its MPLS Solution.
Polyurethane tubing is elastic and resistant to chemicals.
My daughters gave me the idea to use elastic ponytail holders ($2 to $3 for a pair).
LOXL stimulator (plant extract that helps maintain elasticity in the skin).
EXCELLENCE DE L'AGE YOUTH REVEALING BODY CREAM from Decléor Paris is a silky, nonsticky cream that works to give skin immediate firmness and elasticity, while providing instant and lasting hydration.
Back in December I wrote about the role of network elasticity in cloud computing.
I Am an Elastic Firecracker.
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In science:

It should also be noted that the bending energy in this paper is different from the so-called elastic energy (1/2)kt(n∧d)2 of Helfrich in , where n is the normal of the surface and d is the average orientation of the molecules, and kt is an elastic modulus.
Spherical surface models with directors
If gravity is an emergent, in this context. wavelength, phenomenon like elasticity then the diffeomorphism xa → xa + ξ a is analogous to the elastic deformations of the “spacetime solid” [138].
Thermodynamical Aspects of Gravity: New insights
It determines amplitude of such sufficiently strong classical elastic force that forbids escape of a Planck mass particle moving by speed of light from end of corresponding classical elastic spring, simply called dark spring.
Dark Spring - a Simple Interpretation of the Susskind- Horowitz-Polchinsky Correspondence between Schwarzschild Black Hole and Strings
Square root of the elasticity coefficient of the dark spring corresponds to quotient of one string coupling g and Newtonian gravitational constant, or, classical elasticity coefficient of the dark spring corresponds to reciprocal (inverse) value of the square root of a string state excitation level N.
Dark Spring - a Simple Interpretation of the Susskind- Horowitz-Polchinsky Correspondence between Schwarzschild Black Hole and Strings
It determines amplitude of such sufficiently strong classical elastic force that forbids escape of a Planck mass particle moving by speed of light from end of corresponding classical elastic spring, simply called dark spring.
Dark Spring - a Simple Interpretation of the Susskind- Horowitz-Polchinsky Correspondence between Schwarzschild Black Hole and Strings
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