Elastic'ity. n.s. [elastick.] Force in bodies, by which they endeavour to restore themselves to the posture from whence they were displaced by any external force. Quincy.
A lute string will bear a hundred weight without rupture; but, at the same time, cannot exert its elasticity: take away fifty, and immediately it raiseth the weight. Arbuth. on Alim.
Me emptiness and dulness could inspire,
And were my elasticity and fire. Pope's Dunciad, b. i.