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Definition of "ductile" [duc•tile]

  • Easily drawn into wire or hammered thin: ductile metals. (adjective)
  • Easily molded or shaped. See Synonyms at malleable. (adjective)
  • Capable of being readily persuaded or influenced; tractable. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ductile" in a sentence
  • ""That can actually trigger a phenomenon we know as ductile failure," Dr Fusseis said."
  • "426 MO ESHANI: Well, Anderson, you know, structural engineers, we usually design buildings so that if they are going to fail, they would fail in a mode that we call a ductile mode of failure and basically, in that mode, the members would sag and deflect a lot so that they would give plenty of warning before the failure."
  • "In addition, aluminum is ductile, that is, it can be drawn into wires or pressed into sheets or foil."