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English definition of “elastic”


adjective    /ɪˈlæs·tɪk/
(of a material) able to stretch and be returned to its original shape or size: She bunched her ponytail and slipped on an elastic hair band. If something that is not a physical object is elastic, it is able or likely to be changed: Our plans are still very elastic.
(Definition of elastic adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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