- 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
Related Words for ductilityresiliency, pliability, springiness, plasticity, give, spring, pliancy, elasticity, tractability, malleability, compliance, resilience
Examples from the Web for ductility
Historical Examples of ductility
Some metals,p. 81 like cast iron, have absolutely no ductility.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
A small quantity of tin, alloyed with silver, destroys its ductility.
Silver ranks next to gold in point of ductility and malleability.The Silversmith's Handbook
George E. Gee
What I mean is docility, ductility, sequacity—if there is any such word.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
On the other hand, their malleability, ductility, and power of resisting oxygen is generally diminished.
- (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
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.
- Easily molded or shaped.
- 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.