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Monday, February 24

Ductile

[DUCK-tl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 14th century

1.

(of a metal) able to be drawn out into a thin wire.

2.

Able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle.

Examples of Ductile in a sentence

"Copper is quite ductile, which makes it perfect for both electrical work and jewelry."

"The drafty window sill needs to be repaired with a ductile material to stand up to the winter winds."

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About Ductile

Ductile can be used in a few different situations. There’s the easily coerced, or ductile, person. Then any sort of pliable material that can be molded can be called ductile. But if you’re a scientist, you’re most likely describing a metal that can be pulled into a thin wire as ductile.

Did you Know?

The adjective ductile comes from the Latin root “ductilis,” which means easily led. This makes sense if you’re talking about a person being ductile, or easily convinced. The word duke shares the same root. A duke might not be swayed, but he perhaps hopes that his subjects are nice and ductile.

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