• WordNet 3.6
    • n resilience the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit
    • n resilience an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • resilience The act of springing back, rebounding, or resiling; as, the resilience of a ball or of sound.
    • resilience (Mech. & Engin) The mechanical work required to strain an elastic body, as a deflected beam, stretched spring, etc., to the elastic limit; also, the work performed by the body in recovering from such strain.
    • resilience The power or ability to recover quickly from a setback, depression, illness, overwork or other adversity; buoyancy; elasticity[2]; -- of people.
    • resilience The power or inherent property of returning to the form from which a substance is bent, stretched, compressed, or twisted; elasticity[1]; springiness; -- of objects and substances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n resilience The act of resiling, leaping, or springing back; the act of rebounding.
    • n resilience In machinery See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Resilience act of springing back or rebounding
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  • Bern Williams
    Bern Williams
    “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
  • Elie Wiesel
    “I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. resilīre, to leap back—re-, back, salīre, to leap.


In literature:

The Indian knows enough to unstring his bow just as soon as he uses it so that it will not lose its resilience.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
But they lowered the boom on Ives when he showed any resilience.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
But even in primitive life, so exuberant and resilient is human energy that it is not exhausted by necessary labors.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
His powerful figure, so resilient and so brave was stooping to its end.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
She walked, as always, with the elastic resilience of unfettered youth.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Resilient: elastic; having the property of springing back.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
And yet, though it was harder than the carpet it had a kind of queer resiliency of its own.
"Viewpoint" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He tested their resilience, then lay flat, eased out on them.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
The resilient muscles of the girl had lost their spring.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Maybe it hardens as it dries so that it loses all resiliency!
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst

In poetry:

And an air of ancient legend
Wreaths her resilient silks,
Her hat with its funereal plumes,
And her slender ringed hand.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok

In news:

Tips on Promoting Resilience and Wellness.
Pingeton says she saw "resiliency, toughness" in Cancun .
NPR Nov 14, 2012 7:19 a.m. Scientists may have finally solved a problem that has plagued beer drinkers for ages: Insufficient foam resiliency.
Resolve, resiliency and four goals from Rachel Heiber lifted the North Wright County Riverhawks to a 5-4 overtime win Saturday against Chaska/Chanhassen.
In a resilient community that has experienced significant economic ups and downs over recent years, gossip is rampant about who might have achieved the ultimate up.
While the US economy continues its slow recovery from the financial crisis and recession, the stock market has been much more resilient.
The Art of Cultivating Resilience.
The Art of Cultivating Resilience This Emotional Life.
As organizations tend to needs of storm victims on East Coast, pastor vows, 'We are a resilient community.
Diminished but resilient al-Qaida attempting a comeback in eastern Afghanistan.
The rating agency downgraded French debt one notch to AA1, saying its resilience to future euro area shocks is becoming more difficult to predict.
Elizabeth Edwards On Resilience.
When we humanize our enemies, our resilience grows and we suffer less.
Turkey ETF has been one of the best performing emerging markets ETFs this year--up more than 48% year-to-date, as global investors continue to pour money in the economy that has shown remarkable resilience to the events in the Euro-zone.
New ingredient technology helps prevent staling, maintains the resilience and improves other factors related to freshkeeping of sweet goods.

In science:

Thus networks with a given degree distribution may be very resilient to one type of attack but not to another.
Optimization of robustness of scale-free network to random and targeted attacks
We conclude that the entropy of the degree distribution is an effective measure of network’s resilience to random failures.
Entropy Optimization of Scale-Free Networks Robustness to Random Failures
Since both α and N affect network’s resilience to random failures, we may ask how the network’s robustness changes with N .
Entropy Optimization of Scale-Free Networks Robustness to Random Failures
In this paper, different from percolation theory to evaluate the threshold value pc , we use the entropy of the degree distribution to study the resilience of scale-free networks to random failures.
Entropy Optimization of Scale-Free Networks Robustness to Random Failures
The results indicate that the entropy of the degree distribution is an effective measure of scale-free network’s resilience to random failures.
Entropy Optimization of Scale-Free Networks Robustness to Random Failures