(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)
Such water is unable to support much plant or animal life because of the amount of humus dissolved in it.
2. Anyone who deviates markedly from what is considered normal; especially, a person of odd or unconventional behavior.
2. A reference to a disease brought into a region from some other external area.
3. Relating to a disease which is observed far away from the area in which it originated.
2. Made up of elements from various sources.
3. Not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc.; but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
4. Noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles.
The style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.5. Etymology: from French eclectique, from Greek eklektikos, "selective"; literally, "picking out", from eklektos, "selected"; from eklegein, "to pick out, to select"; from ek, "out" + legein, "to gather, to choose". Originally a group of ancient philosophers who selected doctrines from every system available to them.
2. Relating to, involving, or typical of an eclipse.
Jim saw his father's ecstatic gaze directed toward his mother while she was giving a piano recital.
2. Referring to a person's reaction of being enraptured; delighted beyond measure: She was in a state of ecstatic joy when the publisher decided to publish her short storeies.
3. Etymology: A compound formed from the prefix ek-, "out" and histanae, "place" (a distant relative of English word stand). In other words, anyone who is ecstatic can be described as being "out of his/her mind."
The underlying notion of being "beside oneself, in the grip of extreme passion" has survived in modern English as it relates to mystic experiences or trances, and also, in such phrases as "an ecstasy of rage", and the specific sense of "delight" developed more recently, as historical times are concerned, perhaps in the 17th century.
2. A rubber band used in dental appliances.
3. Easily resuming original shape after being stretched or expanded; flexible; springy; rebounding.
4. In physics, returning to or capable of returning to an initial form or state after deformation.
5. Quick to recover, as from disappointment: "The speaker had an elastic spirit."
6. Capable of adapting to change or a variety of circumstances.
7. Etymology: coined in French about 1651 as a scientific term to describe gases, from Greek elastos, "ductile, flexible".