ductile [ duhk-tl, -til ]
1. capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable.
2. capable of being drawn out into wire or threads, as gold.
3. able to undergo change of form without breaking.
4. capable of being molded or shaped; plastic.
OTHER WORDS FROM DUCTILE
duc·til·i·ty, duc·tile·ness, noun
WORDS RELATED TO DUCTILE
adaptable, amenable, docile, malleable, manageable, plastic, pliable, responsive, supple, tractable, yielding, biddable, extensile, moldable, submitting
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Origin: 1300–50; Middle English < Latin ductilis, equivalent to duct(us) (past participle of dūcere to draw along) + -ilis-ile
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR DUCTILE
Well, I think that's better than to wash and iron it; but tell me how you'll have it done, and you shall find me ductile.
THE PUNSTER'S POCKET-BOOK|CHARLES MOLLOY WESTMACOTT
The copper used was about an eighth of an inch thick, and the soft and ductile character showed that it was pure metal.
THE WONDER ISLAND BOYS: TREASURES OF THE ISLAND|ROGER THOMPSON FINLAY
It is of a reddish colour, malleable, ductile, and tenacious.
THE SILVERSMITH'S HANDBOOK|GEORGE E. GEE
From morn to night he thumbed and pushed about the ductile clay.
A FORTNIGHT OF FOLLY|MAURICE THOMPSON
Education takes possession of the ductile minds of the fair sex in their infancy.
A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE|DAVID HUME
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