[syn: resilience, resiliency]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
resilience \re*sil"i*ence\ (r[-e]*z[i^]l"[i^]*ens), resiliency
\re*sil"i*en*cy\ (r[-e]*z[i^]l"[i^]*en*s[y^]), n.
1. The act of springing back, rebounding, or resiling; as,
the resilience of a ball or of sound.
2. The power or inherent property of returning to the form
from which a substance is bent, stretched, compressed, or
twisted; elasticity; springiness; -- of objects and
3. Hence: The power or ability to recover quickly from a
setback, depression, illness, overwork or other adversity;
buoyancy; elasticity; -- of people.
4. (Mech. & Engin.) The mechanical work required to strain an
elastic body, as a deflected beam, stretched spring, etc.,
to the elastic limit; also, the work performed by the body
in recovering from such strain.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an occurrence of rebounding or springing back [syn:
2: the physical property of a material that can return to its
original shape or position after deformation that does not
exceed its elastic limit [syn: resilience, resiliency]