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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elasticity  \E`las*tic"i*ty\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  ['e]lasticit['e].] 
  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;  tendency  to  rebound;  as  the 
  elasticity  of  caoutchouc;  the  elasticity  of  the  air. 
 
  2.  Power  of  resistance  to  or  recovery  from  depression  or 
  overwork. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elasticity 
  n  :  the  tendency  of  a  body  to  return  to  its  original  shape  after 
  it  has  been  stretched  or  compressed  [ant:  {inelasticity}] 




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