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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
The Gothic language, with its malleable asymmetry, was better suited to this site than the formal Georgian vocabulary of other Yale colleges.
At every turn Ms. Kalman’s pairings remind us that language is a free-floating, malleable thing.
The public still has a malleable opinion about smartwatches because their use hasn't been completely defined yet, so there's room for many types of smartwatches right now.
Typical flat irons work by heating your hair up to a malleable place, then using the plates to temporarily reset your hair cuticle straight.
The optimal slime is not too wet, not too sticky, stretchy and malleable.
Flexibility isn't simply a matter of malleable hours or the ability to work remotely.
Workplace culture is more malleable at smaller start-ups which can have an easier time becoming more inclusive than the likes of Google and Facebook which already have large, sprawling workforces.
At the time of birth, a baby's skull is soft and malleable, with gaps in between the plates of the bone (this is why babies have a soft spot at the top of their head!).
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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.
Synonymsplastic, moldable, shapable (or shapeable), waxy
Antonymsestablished, fixed, immutable, inelastic, inflexible, invariable, nonmalleable, ramrod, set, unadaptable, unalterable, unbudgeable, unchangeable
Related Wordsadaptable; bendable, bendy [chiefly British], ductile, pliable, pliant, supple, waxen, willowy; elastic, flexible, flexile, limber, resilient, workable; bending, giving, kneadable, tractable, yielding
Near Antonymsinflexible, intractable, rigid, stiff
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
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