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Examples of malleable in a Sentence
- 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
- At each landing the villagers had carved the wonderfully malleable silt into staircases, terraces, crenellations, and ziggurats. —Kenneth Brower, National Geographic Traveler, March 2000
- The boy seemed to me possessed by a blind, invalid arrogance, and every human being, as his eye flicked over or flinched against them, became, immediately, as malleable as his mother and his father. —James Baldwin, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, 1985
the cult leader took advantage of the malleable, compliant personalities of his followers
Recent Examples of malleable from the Web
Hovering around the project is the malleable landscape of WIAA athletics around the state.
The world, to him, is this malleable place—down to the most seemingly insignificant detail.
Hearing Thug’s voice be so elastic, so malleable, testing the limits of what a human voice can sound like is incredible to me.
Unfortunately, the minds of social-media users are likely becoming more, not less, malleable.
The creativity on display here feels incredibly malleable, unfettered, and open-ended.
Kurtz sets it, glowing orange, against an anvil with his tongs and begins to work the now malleable material with his hammer.
But the new restrictions and policy changes conservatives (and the administration) are demanding with respect to legal immigration are much less malleable.
Being malleable is important to us, and that's what this partnership allows.
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Did You Know?
There is a hint about the origins of "malleable" in its first definition. The earliest uses of the word, which first appeared in English in the 14th century, referred primarily to metals that could be reshaped by beating with a hammer. The Middle English word malliable comes to us from Medieval Latin malleabilis, which in turn derives from the Latin verb malleare, meaning "to hammer." "Malleare" itself was created from the Latin word for "hammer": "malleus." If you have guessed that "maul" and "mallet," other English words for specific types of hammers, can also be traced back to "malleus," you have hit the nail on the head.
Synonym Discussion of malleable
- plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom
- pliable rubber tubing
- an athletic shoe with a pliant sole
- ductile metals such as copper
- the malleable properties of gold
- computer hardware that is adaptable
MALLEABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of malleable for English Language Learners
: capable of being stretched or bent into different shapes
: capable of being easily changed or influenced
MALLEABLE Defined for Kids
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