Taut vs Elastic - What's the difference?

taut | elastic |


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.

taut

English

Alternative forms

* (Scotland)

Adjective

(er)
  • Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
  • * 1883:
  • The hawser was as taut as a bowstring - so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
  • Experiencing stress or anxiety.
  • * 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
  • His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut .
  • Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
  • * 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
  • Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.

    Derived terms

    * tauten * tautly * tautness

    Synonyms

    tense ----

    elastic

    English

    Alternative forms

    * elastick (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Capable of stretching; particularly, capable of stretching so as to return to an original shape or size when force is released.
  • The rope is somewhat elastic , so expect it to give when you pull on it.
  • Made of elastic.
  • elastic band
  • Of clothing, elasticated.
  • (economics) Sensitive to changes in price.
  • Demand for entertainment is more elastic than demand for energy.
  • springy; bouncy; vivacious
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • 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.
  • Able to return quickly to a former state or condition, after being depressed or overtaxed; having power to recover easily from shocks and trials.
  • elastic''' spirits; an '''elastic constitution

    Synonyms

    * stretchy * stretchable

    Noun

  • (uncountable) An elastic material used in clothing, particularly in waistbands and cuffs.
  • Running shorts use elastic to eliminate the need for a belt.
  • (countable) An elastic band.
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