malleability

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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.
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malleability

the property of a substance that makes it capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers. — malleable, adj.
See also: Materials, Properties of
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malleability - the property of being physically malleablemalleability - the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
ductileness, ductility - the malleability of something that can be drawn into threads or wires or hammered into thin sheets
flexibility, flexibleness - the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped
unmalleability - a lack of malleability
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malleability

noun
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Translations
maleabilitate

malleability

[ˌmælɪəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nmaleabilidad f
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malleability

nFormbarkeit f; (of clay, wax also)Geschmeidigkeit f
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Esto es, no es en su rigidez donde encontramos una significacion sino, precisamente, en su naturaleza maleable, metamorfica incluso.
El cobre, menos valioso que el anterior, es un metal caracterizado por ser un gran conductor de electricidad y calor, y al igual que el oro es maleable, aunque su estructura si se modifica a lo largo del tiempo por la oxidacion.