Meaning of “ductile” in the English Dictionary

"ductile" in English

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uk /ˈdʌk.taɪl/ us /ˈdʌk.tɪl/ specialized
noun [ U ] uk /dʌkˈtɪl.ə.ti/ us /dʌkˈtɪl.ə.t̬i/

Examples from literature

  • For boiler and ship plates, the mildest and most ductile steel is favored. 
  • Not many of us have ever seen iron, the pure metal, soft, ductile and white like silver. 
  • Nothing is so ductile and elastic. 
  • Their owner has learned to handle a ductile metal, to draw it from the rocks and fuse it in the fire. 
  • When the metal plates are very soft and ductile, the operation of punching does no appreciable injury. 

(Definition of “ductile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)