- capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
- adaptable or tractable: the malleable mind of a child.
Origin of malleable
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Examples from the Web for malleable
Even adults like to shoehorn their bottoms into a malleable rubber swing and take a ride down memory lane.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
This gig, however, has its unique set of challenges around which to be malleable.Interactive Play ‘Queen of the Night’ Opens at Restored Diamond Horseshoe Club
December 31, 2013
They see gun rights as insecure, malleable, and under constant attack.Clarify the Second Amendment?
January 30, 2013
Lapid may be malleable, but Bennett was without question on the hard-right, verging on undemocratic.A Vote Against Bibi, Not His Policies
January 22, 2013
Reality, for Gingrich, is a malleable phenomenon—also, these days, a pretty astonishing one.Newt Gingrich Shape-Shifts Through New Hampshire
December 16, 2011
From it she judged him malleable now, that had been so stern and unyielding before.The Trampling of the Lilies
They were poor things, but they were malleable in his hands.The Worshippers
Damon Francis Knight
Everything was getting too near the end to be malleable any more.The Coast of Chance
Watt was not made of malleable stuff, and, besides, he was tied to his mission.James Watt
The creative energy of love demands an indetermined and malleable future.The Complex Vision
John Cowper Powys
- (esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
- able to be influenced; pliable or tractable
Word Origin and History for malleable
late 14c., "capable of being shaped by hammering," from Middle French malleable and directly from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleare "to beat with a hammer," from Latin malleus "hammer" (see mallet). Figurative sense, of persons, "capable of being adapted" first recorded 1610s.
- Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure.
- Easily controlled or influenced; tractable.
- Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress. Gold is the most malleable metal. Compare ductile.