Definitions for ductility

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

duc•tileˈdʌk tl, -tɪl(adj.)

  1. capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable.

    Category: Physics

  2. capable of being drawn out into wire or threads, as gold.

    Category: Physics

  3. able to undergo change of form without breaking.

  4. capable of being molded or shaped; plastic.

    Category: Physics

Origin of ductile:

1300–50; ME < L ductilis=duc-, var. s. of dūcere (see duct ) +-tilis -tile



Princeton's WordNet

  1. ductility, ductileness(noun)

    the malleability of something that can be drawn into threads or wires or hammered into thin sheets


  1. ductility(Noun)

    Ability of a material to be drawn out longitudinally to a reduced section without fracture under the action of a tensile force.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ductility(noun)

    the property of a metal which allows it to be drawn into wires or filaments

  2. Ductility(noun)

    tractableness; pliableness


  1. Ductility

    In materials science, ductility is a solid material's ability to deform under tensile stress; this is often characterized by the material's ability to be stretched into a wire. Malleability, a similar property, is a material's ability to deform under compressive stress; this is often characterized by the material's ability to form a thin sheet by hammering or rolling. Both of these mechanical properties are aspects of plasticity, the extent to which a solid material can be plastically deformed without fracture. Also, these material properties are dependent on temperature and pressure. Ductility and malleability are not always coextensive – for instance, while gold is both ductile and malleable, lead is only malleable. The word ductility is sometimes used to embrace both types of plasticity.


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