(E`las*tic"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. élasticité.]
1. The quality of being elastic; the inherent property in bodies by which they recover their former figure
or dimensions, after the removal of external pressure or altering force; springiness; tendency to rebound; as,
the elasticity of caoutchouc; the elasticity of the air.
2. Power of resistance to, or recovery from, depression or overwork.
Coefficient of elasticity, the quotient of a stress by the strain (of a given kind) which it produces;
called also coefficient of resistance. Surface of elasticity (Geom.), the pedal surface of an ellipsoid
(see Pedal); a surface used in explaining the phenomena of double refraction and their relation to the
elastic force of the luminous ether in crystalline media.
(E*las"tic*ness) n. The quality of being elastic; elasticity.
(E*las"tin) n. [Elastic + -in.] (Physiol. Chem.) A nitrogenous substance, somewhat resembling
albumin, which forms the chemical basis of elastic tissue. It is very insoluble in most fluids, but is gradually
dissolved when digested with either pepsin or trypsin.
(E*late") a. [L. elatus elevated, fig., elated, proud (the figure, perh., being borrowed from a prancing
horse); e out + latus (used as p. p. of ferre to bear), for tlatus, and akin to E. tolerate. See Tolerate,
and cf. Extol.]
1. Lifted up; raised; elevated.
With upper lip elate.Fenton.
And sovereign law, that State's collected will,Sir W. Jones.
O'er thrones and globes, elate,
Sits empress, crowning
good, repressing ill.
2. Having the spirits raised by success, or by hope; flushed or exalted with confidence; elated; exultant.
O, thoughtless mortals! ever blind to fate,Pope.
Too soon dejected, and dejected, and too soon elate.
Our nineteenth century is wonderfully set up in its own esteem, wonderfully elate at its progress.Mrs.
H. H. Jackson.
Syn. Puffed up; lofty; proud; haughty; exalted; inspirited; transported; delighted; overjoyed.
(E*late") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elated; p. pr. & vb. n. Elating.]
1. To raise; to exalt. [R.]
By the potent sun elated high.Thomson.
2. To exalt the spirit of; to fill with confidence or exultation; to elevate or flush with success; to puff up; to
Foolishly elated by spiritual pride.Warburton.
You ought not be elated at the chance mishaps of your enemies.Jowett
(E*lat"ed*ly) adv. With elation.
(E*lat"ed*ness), n. The state of being elated.
(E*lat"er) n. One who, or that which, elates.
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