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[duhk-tl, -til]
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.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin ductilis, equivalent to duct(us) (past participle of dūcere to draw along) + -ilis -ile

ductilely, adverb
ductility, ductileness, noun
nonductile, adjective
nonductility, noun
semiductile, adjective
unductile, adjective
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ductile (ˈdʌktaɪl)
1.  (of a metal, such as gold or copper) able to be drawn out into wire
2.  able to be moulded; pliant; plastic
3.  easily led or influenced; tractable
[C14: from Old French, from Latin ductilis, from dūcere to lead]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. ductile, from L. ductilis "that may be led or drawn," from ducere "to lead" (see duke). Related: Ductility.
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ductile duc·tile (dŭk'təl, -tīl')
Easily molded or shaped.

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ductile  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (dŭk'təl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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.

  2. Relating to rock or other materials that are capable of withstanding a certain amount of force by changing form before fracturing or breaking.

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