• WordNet 3.6
    • n inelasticity the lack of elasticity
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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 inelasticity The character of being inelastic; lack of elasticity.
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In literature:

Such inelastic lessons, given time to soak in, were sobering.
"Dust" by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
DICTIONARY, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
For them is the inelastic, or but slightly elastic, movement of things.
"Essays" by Alice Meynell
At the same moment we heard the fall of something heavy and inelastic in the upper story.
"The Lock And Key Library" by Various
His eye was dull, his shoulders drooped, his gait was inelastic.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
Such conditions are highly suggestive of inelasticity.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
He paced the floor, his mind in its chaotic desperation, numb and inelastic.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Tendons, because of their inelasticity, are subjected to injuries peculiar to themselves.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
It was inelastic, incompetent to adapt itself to changing circumstances.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
A Free Trader did not really dare to have an inelastic contract.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton

In poetry:

Ask not if it's god or devil,
Brethren, lest your words imply
Static norms of good and evil
(As in Plato) throned on high;
Such scholastic, inelastic,
Abstract yardsticks we deny.
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis

In news:

NFL is ' inelastic for demand'.
Recently, Steve Young, Hall of Fame quarterback of ESPN, was quoted as saying the NFL's prolonged use of substandard officials was possible because of the "inelastic" nature of demand for football.
The permanent (inelastic) distortion of metals under applied stresses that stain the material beyond its elastic limit.

In science:

Practical formulae are derived for the cross-section and polarization vector of the τ lepton produced in deep inelastic neutrino-nucleon scattering in the frame of the simple quark-parton model.
Cross-section and polarization of neutrino-produced $\tau$'s made simple
For any higher partial wave, say the li = 1 partial wave that dominates scattering of identical fermions, the inelastic cross section instead vanishes in the threshold limit.
Ultracold Collisions of Fermionic OD Radicals
Unfortunately, as seen in Fig. 4, these resonances are quite readily susceptible to predissociation, indicated by the large inelastic cross sections near resonance.
Ultracold Collisions of Fermionic OD Radicals
At low temperature (below 1K), inelastic electron–phonon scattering, which changes the phases of the electrons in a random way, can be neglected.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Of course, one needs low temperatures in order to prevent inelastic processes smearing the levels but this is not so difficult (temperatures < 1K can be sufficient).
Random Matrices and Supersymmetry in Disordered Systems