elas·tic·i·ty /ɪˌlæsˈtɪsəti, ˌiˌlæs, ˈtɪsti/
elas·tic·i·ty /ɪˌlæsˈtɪsətɪ, ˌɪˌlæs, ˈtɪstɪ/ 名詞
1. The quality of being elastic; the inherent property in bodies by which they recover their former figure or dimensions, after the removal of external pressure or altering force; springiness; resilience; tendency to rebound; as, the elasticity of caoutchouc; the elasticity of the air.
2. Power of resistance to, or recovery from, depression or overwork; -- usually referred to as resilience.
Coefficient of elasticity, the quotient of a stress (of a given kind), by the strain (of a given kind) which it produces; -- called also coefficient of resistance.
Surface of elasticity Geom., the pedal surface of an ellipsoid (see Pedal); a surface used in explaining the phenomena of double refraction and their relation to the elastic force of the luminous ether in crystalline media.
n : the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after
it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had
lost its snap" [syn: snap] [ant: inelasticity]