Pronunciation: (i-la-stis'i-tē, ē"la-stis'-), [key]
1. the state or quality of being elastic.
2. flexibility; resilience; adaptability: a statement with a great elasticity of meaning.
3. buoyancy; ability to resist or overcome depression.
4. Physics.the property of a substance that enables it to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force effecting such a change and to recover its original form upon the removal of the force.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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