duc·​tile | \ ˈdək-tᵊl How to pronounce ductile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of ductile

1 of a metal : capable of being drawn out (see draw entry 1 sense 15) into wire or thread ductile iron
2 : easily led or influenced a vast portion of the public feels rather than thinks, a ductile multitude drawn easily by the arts of the demagogue— Amy Loveman
3 : capable of being fashioned into a new form

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plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, malleable, adaptable mean susceptible of being modified in form or nature. plastic applies to substances soft enough to be molded yet capable of hardening into the desired fixed form. plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom pliable suggests something easily bent, folded, twisted, or manipulated. pliable rubber tubing pliant may stress flexibility and sometimes connote springiness. an athletic shoe with a pliant sole ductile applies to what can be drawn out or extended with ease. ductile metals such as copper malleable applies to what may be pressed or beaten into shape. the malleable properties of gold adaptable implies the capability of being easily modified to suit other conditions, needs, or uses. computer hardware that is adaptable

Examples of ductile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of her teachers there was the conceptual artist Allan Kaprow, who had a long familiarity with Asian art and viewed both art and culture as ductile categories. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021 On the same day that Marchitelli and Lorusso were going street-by-street with their sound equipment, a separate crew had fenced off a portion of a block in downtown Bari, laying new, blue pipes of ductile iron. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 This technique, known as annealing, realigned the atoms and relaxed their bonds, making the metal more ductile. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 Gold is ductile and can conduct electricity, for example. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2020 His 2017 diagnosis of invasive ductile carcinoma was triggered by a mutation of his BRCA2 gene, which can raise the risk of developing breast, prostate and ovarian cancers. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, 28 Dec. 2019 The work includes the replacement of the existing water main at 73rd Avenue between North Avenue and Bloomingdale Avenue with a new 8-inch ductile iron water main. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2018 For this artist, time — ductile and emotionally loaded — seems as important a medium as photography or sculpture. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2018 This fantastic primer video from Real Engineering highlights a few in particular: stiff, tough, strong, ductile, brittle, and hard. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 7 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of ductile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ductile

Middle English ductil, from Latin ductilis, from ducere — see duct entry 1

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“Ductile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ductile. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ductile

: capable of being bent or pulled into different shapes


duc·​tile | \ ˈdək-tᵊl How to pronounce ductile (audio) , -ˌtīl How to pronounce ductile (audio) \

Medical Definition of ductile

: capable of being drawn out or hammered thin ductile metal

Other Words from ductile

ductility \ ˌdək-​ˈtil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce ductile (audio) \ noun, plural ductilities

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