elasticity elasticity  /ˌi ˌlæ ˈstɪ sə ti/


  • (n) the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed


  1. It is called elasticity imaging and, unlike a biopsy, involves no needles or scalpels.
  2. Felix Bernstein, a German refugee in Manhattan, developed a machine which measures the elasticity of the crystalline lens of the eye.
  3. It seeks to restore youthful elasticity to the skin while reducing wrinkles.



  1. "I don't think they have any choice," Ravitch said. "In my personal opinion, we're at the outer limits of the elasticity of our tax system."
    on Sep 23, 2009 By: Richard Ravitch Source: Forbes

  2. Pitt says he "focused on the knees, and the spine giving out, the relaxed vocal quality, the loss of elasticity."
    on Dec 25, 2008 By: Brad Pitt Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "I think ultimately we need a permanent revision of our tax code," Silver said during the scrum, attended by the DN's Glenn Blain. "We have to put some elasticity in to it. It is unfair that people who make $50,000 are paying the same tax...
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Sheldon Silver Source: New York Daily News

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