malleable


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mal·le·a·ble

 (măl′ē-ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure: a malleable metal.
2. Easily controlled or influenced: "The British [rulers] ... had favoured the brother who struck them as altogether more amiable, a more malleable, more temperate man" (Paul Scott).
3.
a. Able to adjust to changing circumstances; adaptable: a malleable leader unafraid to compromise.
b. Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: the malleable rhythms of jazz.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from malleāre, to hammer, from Latin malleus, hammer; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]

mal′le·a·bil′i·ty, mal′le·a·ble·ness n.
mal′le·a·bly adv.
Synonyms: malleable, ductile, plastic, pliable, pliant
These adjectives mean capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out: malleable metals such as gold and silver; ductile copper; a plastic substance such as wax; soaked the leather to make it pliable; pliant molten glass.

malleable

(ˈmælɪəbəl)
adj
1. (esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
2. able to be influenced; pliable or tractable
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from Latin malleus hammer]
ˌmalleaˈbility ˈmalleableness n ˈmalleably adv

mal•le•a•ble

(ˈm?l i ə bəl)

adj.
1. capable of being extended or shaped, as by hammering or by pressure.
2. adaptable; tractable: a malleable personality.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin malleābilis=malle(āre) to hammer + -ābilis -able]
mal′le•a•bly, adv.
mal`le•a•bil′i•ty, mal′le•a•ble•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.malleable - easily influenced
manipulable, tractable - easily managed (controlled or taught or molded); "tractable young minds"; "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"- Samuel Butler
2.malleable - capable of being shaped or bent or drawn outmalleable - 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"
formed - having or given a form or shape

malleable

adjective
1. manageable, adaptable, compliant, impressionable, pliable, tractable, biddable, governable, like putty in your hands She was young enough to be malleable.
2. workable, soft, plastic, tensile, ductile Silver is the most malleable of all metals.
Translations

malleable

[ˈmælɪəbl] ADJmaleable, ductil

malleable

[ˈmæliəbəl] adj
[substance] → malleable
[person] → influencable

malleable

adjformbar (also fig), → weich; (of clay, wax also)geschmeidig

malleable

[ˈmælɪəbl] adjmalleabile

mal·le·a·ble

a. maleable.
References in classic literature ?
This metal, in fact, is the most tenacious, the most ductile, and the most malleable, and consequently suitable for all moulding operations; and when smelted with pit coal, is of superior quality for all engineering works requiring great resisting power, such as cannon, steam boilers, hydraulic presses, and the like.
When the substance is in a proper state for the next process, it betrays evidences of incipient decomposition; the fibres are relaxed and softened, and rendered perfectly malleable.
In effect, a large compass of beautiful thought and expression, from poetry old and new, have become to him matter malleable anew for a further and finer reach of literary art.