malleable


mal·lea·ble

adjective \ˈma-lē-ə-bəl, ˈmal-yə-bəl, ˈma-lə-bəl\

: capable of being stretched or bent into different shapes

: capable of being easily changed or influenced

Full Definition of MALLEABLE

1
:  capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer or by the pressure of rollers
2
a :  capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences
b :  having a capacity for adaptive change
mal·lea·bil·i·ty \ˌma-lē-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌmal-yə-, ˌma-lə-\ noun

Examples of MALLEABLE

  1. <the cult leader took advantage of the malleable, compliant personalities of his followers>
  2. The brothers Warner presented a flexible, malleable world that defied Newton, a world of such plasticity that anything imaginable was possible. —Billy Collins, Wall Street Journal, 28–29 June 2008

Origin of MALLEABLE

Middle English malliable, from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleare to hammer, from Latin malleus hammer — more at maul
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, patina, plate, temper, tensile

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