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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.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Quincy, John (60)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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