- n a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
- n a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
- a capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
an elastic band
a youthful and elastic walk
- s able to adjust readily to different conditions
an elastic clause in a contract
- Steel is far more elastic than rubber, but of course much less stretchable.
- Ball's dizzy redhead with the elastic face and saucer eyes was the model for scores of comic TV females to follow.
- An elastic-ribbon harness holds the mask on tight.
- Wayne Swan in The Australian
Senator Santoro's defence is unravelling and it shows just how elastic the prime minister's ministerial code of conduct is,Mr Swan said.
- Tony Abbott in NEWS.com.au
Mr Abbott said that before the 2007 election he had described government advertising as "a cancer on our democracy". "Today we find out that the government has exempted itself even from its own elastic requirements to run an emergency...
- Roy Hodgson in AFP
It's a mark of how far we have come,Hodgson said. "Our major ambition is to sustain the standard we have set. I would be wary to say we should try and raise the bar even higher. It's like the elastic band story - you can pull it so far and...