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malleability, property of a metal describing the ease with which it can be hammered, forged, pressed, or rolled into thin sheets. Metals vary in this respect; pure gold is the most malleable. Silver, copper, aluminum, lead, tin, zinc, and iron are also very malleable. Some heating usually increases malleability. Zinc, for example, at ordinary temperatures is very brittle, but is malleable in the temperature range from about 120°C. to 150°C. Impurities adversely affect the malleability of metals.

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mal·le·a·ble / ˈmalyəbəl; ˈmalēə-/ • adj. (of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking. ∎ fig. easily influenced; pliable: Anna was shaken enough to be malleable. DERIVATIVES: mal·le·a·bil·i·ty / ˌmalyəˈbilitē; ˌmalēə-/ n. mal·le·a·bly / -blē/ adv.

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malleability Property of metals (or other substances) that can be permanently shaped by hammering or rolling without breaking. In some cases it is increased by raising temperature.

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malleable that may be hammered without breaking. XIV. — OF. — medL. malleābilis, f. L. malleāre hammer, f. malleus; see MAUL, -ABLE.

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