Elasticity vs. Spandex - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Spandex

    Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is stronger and more durable than natural rubber. It is a polyether-polyurea copolymer that was invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers at DuPont's Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia. When introduced in 1962, it revolutionized many areas of the clothing industry. The name "spandex" is an anagram of the word "expands". It is the preferred name in North America; in continental Europe it is referred to by variants of "elastane", i.e. élasthanne (France), Elastan (Germany), elastano (Spain), elastam (Italy) and elastaan (Netherlands), and is known in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Israel primarily as Lycra. Brand names for spandex include Lycra (made by Koch subsidiary Invista, previously a part of DuPont), Elaspan (also Invista), Acepora (Taekwang), Creora (Hyosung), INVIYA (Indorama Corporation), ROICA and Dorlastan (Asahi Kasei), Linel (Fillattice), and ESPA (Toyobo).

Wiktionary

  • Elasticity (noun)

    The property by virtue of which a material deformed under load can regain its original dimensions when unloaded

  • Elasticity (noun)

    The sensitivity of changes in a quantity with respect to changes in another quantity.

    "If the sales of an item drop by 5% when the price increases by 10%, its price elasticity is -0.5."

  • Elasticity (noun)

    The quality of being elastic.

  • Elasticity (noun)

    Adaptability.

    "Her elasticity allowed her to recover quickly."

  • Spandex (noun)

    A synthetic fibre known for its exceptional elasticity.

  • Spandex (noun)

    Clothing made from such material.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Spandex (noun)

    a type of stretchy polyurethane fabric

    "gold spandex leggings"

Webster Dictionary

  • Elasticity (noun)

    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; resilience; tendency to rebound; as, the elasticity of caoutchouc; the elasticity of the air.

  • Elasticity (noun)

    Power of resistance to, or recovery from, depression or overwork; - usually referred to as resilience[3].

  • Spandex

    An elastic textile material, used for clothing

Princeton's WordNet

  • Elasticity (noun)

    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed;

    "the waistband had lost its snap"

  • Spandex (noun)

    an elastic synthetic fabric

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