mal·​le·​ate | \ -ēˌāt \

Definition of malleate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to beat with a hammer : pound the surfaces of some fragments suggested that the clay had been poorly malleatedAmerican Antiquity specifically : to beat or mark or dent (a metal) with a hammer in working or decorating


mal·​le·​ate | \ -ˌāt, -ə̇t \

Definition of malleate (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a malleus

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History and Etymology for malleate

Transitive verb

Medieval Latin malleatus, past participle of malleare to hammer


New Latin malleatus, from malleus + Latin -atus -ate

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“Malleate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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