Definition of ductile in English:

ductile

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌktʌɪl
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a metal) able to be drawn out into a thin wire.
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    • Zirconium and zirconium-tin alloys are ductile metals and can be prepared by conventional processes.
    • However, the structural steel is more ductile and has a greater total elongation.
    • The process is readily adaptable to joining ductile metals.
  • 1.1Able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle.
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    • We use a special epoxy developed by 3M which is more ductile (less brittle) which optimizes performance when subject to a vibrating load.
    • The sedimentary units in the hanging wall were deposited in fault-bounded basins while their footwalls progressively emerged through the ductile and brittle crust.
    • Some are ductile and others brittle since the transition temperature is near room temperature.
    Synonyms
    pliable, pliant, flexible, supple, plastic, tensile, tractile; soft, malleable, workable, shapable, mouldable, bendable
    informal bendy
    rare fictile

Derivatives

ductility

noun
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  • The term ‘plastic’ has nothing to do with polymers, but refers to the plasticity or ductility of aluminum when processed under certain high temperature conditions.
  • There is scientific evidence that this will increase tissue elasticity and ductility, and reduce the frequency of injuries directly related to the stretching itself.
  • The resulting material has six times the strength of unprocessed copper yet retains most of the metal's characteristic ductility, or stretchiness.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'malleable'): from Latin ductilis, from duct- 'led', from the verb ducere.

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