Taut vs Elastic - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between taut and elastic
is that taut
is tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string while elastic
is capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released.
As a noun elastic is
(uncountable) an elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
Experiencing stress or anxiety.
* 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
- The hawser was as taut as a bowstring - so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
* 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
- His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut .
- Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.
* elastick (obsolete)
Capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released.
Made of elastic.
- The rope is somewhat elastic , so expect it to give when you pull on it.
Of clothing, elasticated.
(economics) Sensitive to changes in price.
- elastic band
springy; bouncy; vivacious
* 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
- Demand for entertainment is more elastic than demand for energy.
Able to return quickly to a former state or condition, after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to recover easily from shocks and trials.
- He could see that she was tastefully, though not richly, dressed, and that she walked with an elastic step that revealed a light heart and the vigor of perfect health. Her face, of course, he could not analyze, since he had caught only the one brief but convincing glimpse of it.
- elastic''' spirits; an '''elastic constitution
(uncountable) An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
(countable) An elastic band.
- Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.