(noun, adjective)


1. capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy

- an elastic band

- a youthful and elastic walk

Similar word(s): bouncy, live, lively, resilient, springy, chewy, elasticised, elasticized, expandable, expandible, expansible, expansile, fictile, moldable, plastic, flexible, whippy, rubberlike, rubbery, springlike, stretch, stretchable, stretchy, viscoelastic, flexible, flexile

2. able to adjust readily to different conditions

- an elastic clause in a contract

Similar word(s): adaptable, flexible, pliable, pliant

Sentences with elastic as an adjective:

- The rope is somewhat elastic, so expect it to give when you pull on it.

- elastic band

- Demand for entertainment is more elastic than demand for energy.

- elastic spirits; an elastic constitution


1. a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together

Definition categories: man–made, band

2. a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

Definition categories: man–made, cloth, fabric, material, textile

Sentences with elastic as a noun:

- Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.