- holding things together, e.g. with a rubber band
flexibly moving something over a thick to a thin part, as in clothing put on over the head, hips, hands, feet, and elastic
bracelets, watcharmbands. An alternative in many of these cases (not for socks) is a closing device such as buttons, a zipper, laces, Velcro, a buckle, a snap
- flexibly making airtight or fluidtight connections as in a hose or condom
flexibly cushioning (a shock absorber) as with tires and for the soles of shoes, and under the legs of chairs, under vibrating equipment, on a door or door-post, on bumper cars, etc.