What does malleable mean?

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ˈmæl i ə bəlmal·leable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ductile, malleableadjective

    easily influenced

  2. ductile, malleable, pliable, pliant, tensile, tractileadjective

    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

    "ductile copper"; "malleable metals such as gold"; "they soaked the leather to made it pliable"; "pliant molten glass"; "made of highly tensile steel alloy"


  1. Malleableadjective

    Capable of being influenced to behave as desired; tractable; -- used mostly of children.


  1. malleableadjective

    Able to be hammered into thin sheets; capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers.

  2. malleableadjective

    (metaphorical) Flexible, liable to change.

    My opinion on the subject is malleable.

  3. malleableadjective

    in which an adversary can alter a ciphertext such that it decrypts to a related plaintext

  4. Etymology: From malliable, borrowed from malleabilis, derived from malleare, from malleus, from mal-ni-, an extended variant of melH₂-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Malleableadjective

    Capable of being spread by beating: this is a quality possessed in the most eminent degree by gold, it being more ductile than any other metal; and is opposite to friability or brittleness. John Quincy

    Etymology: malleable, French; from malleus, Latin, a hammer.

    Make it more strong for falls, though it come not to the degree to be malleable. Francis Bacon.

    The beaten soldier proves most manful,
    That like his sword endures the anvil;
    And justly ’s held more formidable,
    The more his valour’s malleable. Hudibras, p. ii.

    If the body is compact, and bends or yields inward to pression without any sliding of its parts, it is hard and elastick, returning to its figure with a force rising from the mutual attraction of its parts: if the parts slide upon one another, the body is malleable or soft. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. malleable

    Ductility is a mechanical property commonly described as a material's amenability to drawing (e.g. into wire). In materials science, ductility is defined by the degree to which a material can sustain plastic deformation under tensile stress before failure. Ductility is an important consideration in engineering and manufacturing. It defines a material's suitability for certain manufacturing operations (such as cold working) and its capacity to absorb mechanical overload. Some metals that are generally described as ductile include gold and copper, while platinum is the most ductile of all metals in pure form. However, not all metals experience ductile failure as some can be characterized with brittle failure like cast iron. Polymers generally can be viewed as ductile materials as they typically allow for plastic deformation.Malleability, a similar mechanical property, is characterized by a material's ability to deform plastically without failure under compressive stress. Historically, materials were considered malleable if they were amenable to forming by hammering or rolling. Lead is an example of a material which is relatively malleable but not ductile.


  1. malleable

    Malleable refers to the physical property of a substance, usually metal, that allows it to be shaped, molded or deformed without breaking or cracking. It can also refer to being easily influenced, adaptable or capable of adjusting to varying situations or conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malleableadjective

    capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals

  2. Etymology: [F. mallable, fr. LL. malleare to hammer. See Malleate.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malleable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malleable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of malleable in a Sentence

  1. Ludwik Liebler:

    The vitrimers can have both of the two worlds, but they are fundamentally different, they combine this permanent network, resistance, dimensional stability with the possibility of being malleable, (and) completely recyclable.

  2. Guillem Valle:

    It's abstract, the concept of nations has always been malleable.

  3. Matt Weiner:

    I feel very lucky that I was exposed to people who were super-opinionated and had different points of view, and I am very malleable, despite whatever my reputation is, to new ideas, and I always felt that the best part of this job…was that someone would think of something and if it was outrageous or ridiculous or risky or something like that, we would do it. And I’m proud of that.

  4. Pamela Romanowsky:

    The way we tell our story makes us who we are, memory is very unreliable, malleable and changes a lot.

  5. Laura Bachrach:

    The horse may have been a little bit out of the barn here in terms of what they’re looking at, girls tend to mature earlier . . . the girls were even more fixed in their position in the skeletal world by the time they started, whereas the boys were perhaps a little more malleable.

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