- capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable.
- capable of being drawn out into wire or threads, as gold.
- able to undergo change of form without breaking.
- capable of being molded or shaped; plastic.
- (of a metal, such as gold or copper) able to be drawn out into wire
- able to be moulded; pliant; plastic
- easily led or influenced; tractable
mid-14c., from Old French ductile or directly from Latin ductilis “that may be led or drawn,” from past participle of ducere “to lead” (see (n.)). Related: Ductility.
- Easily molded or shaped.
- Easily stretched without breaking or lowering in material strength. Gold is relatively ductile at room temperature, and most metals become more ductile with increasing temperature. Compare brittle malleable.
- Relating to rock or other materials that are capable of withstanding a certain amount of force by changing form before fracturing or breaking.