Definitions for "Elastic limit"
the maximum stress a wire or spring can withstand without permanent deformation
The maximum stress that can be applied to a body without resulting in permanent deformation - the rock reverts to its original shape after the stress is removed. In the case of a fault or a fold the elastic limit is exceeded and the deformation becomes a permanent structure of the rock.
The maximum stress to which a given solid can be subjected without experiencing plastic deformation—that is, without being permanently deformed.
Keywords:  yield, point, see
See yield point.