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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: elasticus, from Late Greek elastos 'able to change shape'

elastic

2 adjective
     
Related topics: Material, Textiles
elastic2
1TIM made of elastic:
an elastic cord
2HTIM a material that is elastic can stretch and then go back to its usual length or size:
the horny elastic pad in a horse's hoof
3 a system or plan that is elastic can change or be changed easily:
Demand for this type of holiday will probably be fairly elastic.
4 American English if a piece of clothing is elastic, it is made with material that can stretch:
children's pants with an elastic waist

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