capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable.
capable of being drawn out into wire or threads, as gold.
able to undergo change of form without breaking.
capable of being molded or shaped; plastic.
Origin of ductile
1300–50; Middle EnglishRelated formsduc·tile·ly, adverbduc·til·i·ty, duc·tile·ness, nounnon·duc·tile, adjectivenon·duc·til·i·ty, nounsem·i·duc·tile, adjectiveun·duc·tile, adjective
< Latin ductilis,
equivalent to duct(us
) (past participle of dūcere
to draw along) + -ilis -ile
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Derived Formsductilely, adverbductility (dʌkˈtɪlɪtɪ) or ductileness, noun
(of a metal, such as gold or copper) able to be drawn out into wire
able to be moulded; pliant; plastic
easily led or influenced; tractable
Word Origin for ductile
C14: from Old French, from Latin ductilis, from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for ductile
mid-14c., from Old French ductile or directly from Latin ductilis "that may be led or drawn," from past participle of ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related: Ductility.
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Easily stretched without breaking or lowering in material strength. Gold is relatively ductile at room temperature, and most metals become more ductile with increasing temperature. Compare brittle malleable.
Relating to rock or other materials that are capable of withstanding a certain amount of force by changing form before fracturing or breaking.
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