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{adj: brittle, brickle, brickly} having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped
"brittle bones"
"glass is brittle"
"`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"

{adj: cured, vulcanized, vulcanised} (used of rubber) treated by a chemical or physical process to improve its properties (hardness and strength and odor and elasticity)

{adj: flaccid} drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness
"a flaccid penis"

{adj: springless} lacking in elasticity or vitality
"went off with springless steps"

{n: Hooke, Robert Hooke} English scientist who formulated the law of elasticity and proposed a wave theory of light and formulated a theory of planetary motion and proposed the inverse square law of gravitational attraction and discovered the cellular structure of cork and introduced the term `cell' into biology and invented a balance spring for watches (1635-1703)

{n: Young's modulus} a coefficient of elasticity applicable to the stretching of a wire

{n: bouncing putty} a soft elastic silicone polymer that increases in elasticity with the application of force; used in the center of golf balls and as shock-absorbent padding

{n: chrome-nickel steel, Elinvar} Elinvar is a trademark for a kind of steel used for watch springs because its elasticity is constant over a wide range of temperatures

{n: coefficient of elasticity, modulus of elasticity, elastic modulus} (physics) the ratio of the applied stress to the change in shape of an elastic body

{n: costal cartilage} the cartilages that connect the sternum and the ends of the ribs; its elasticity allows the chest to move in respiration

{n: deadness} the physical property of something that has lost its elasticity
"he objected to the deadness of the tennis balls"

{n: elasticity of shear} the elasticity of a body that has been pulled out of shape by a shearing force

{n: elasticity, snap} the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
"the waistband had lost its snap"
<-> inelasticity

{n: elastosis} breakdown of elastic tissue (as the loss of elasticity in the skin of elderly people that results from degeneration of connective tissue)

{n: give, spring, springiness} the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

{n: inelasticity} the lack of elasticity
<-> elasticity

{n: modulus of rigidity} the coefficient of elasticity for a shearing force

{n: presbyope} a person with presbyopia; someone who is farsighted resulting from the progressive loss with aging of the elasticity of the crystalline lens

{n: presbyopia} farsightedness resulting from a reduced ability to focus caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens with age

{n: temper, toughness} the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

{n: vulcanization, vulcanisation} process of treating rubber or rubberlike materials with sulphur at great heat to improve elasticity and strength or to harden them

{v: tone, tone up, strengthen} give a healthy elasticity to
"Let's tone our muscles"


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