from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That property of solid bodies, particularly metals, which renders them capable of being extended by drawing, with correlative diminution of their thickness or diameter, without any actual fracture or separation of parts.
  • noun Flexibility; adjustability; ready compliance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The property of a metal which allows it to be drawn into wires or filaments.
  • noun Tractableness; pliableness.

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  • noun physics Ability of a material to be drawn out longitudinally to a reduced section without fracture under the action of a tensile force.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the malleability of something that can be drawn into threads or wires or hammered into thin sheets


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From ductile +‎ -ity.


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  • Fine silver is generally too soft for producing large functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, while at the same time preserving the ductility and beauty of the precious metal.

    May 27, 2009