malleability

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

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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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