ductile

adjective duc·tile \ ˈdək-tᵊl , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of ductile

1 of a metal :capable of being drawn out (see 1draw 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

ductility

play \ˌdək-ˈti-lə-tē\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of ductile

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

Synonym Discussion of ductile

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

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DUCTILE Defined for English Language Learners

ductile

adjective

Definition of ductile for English Language Learners

  • of a metal : capable of being bent or pulled into different shapes


Medical Dictionary

ductile

adjective duc·tile \ ˈdək-tᵊl , -ˌtīl \

medical Definition of ductile

:capable of being drawn out or hammered thin
  • ductile metal

ductility

play \ˌdək-ˈtil-ət-ē\ noun plural ducties


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