[mal-ee-uh-buh l] /ˈmæl i ə bəl/

capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers.
adaptable or tractable:
the malleable mind of a child.
(esp of metal) able to be worked, hammered, or shaped under pressure or blows without breaking
able to be influenced; pliable or tractable

late 14c., “capable of being shaped by hammering,” from Middle French malleable and directly from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleare “to beat with a hammer,” from Latin malleus “hammer” (see mallet). Figurative sense, of persons, “capable of being adapted” first recorded 1610s.

malleable mal·le·a·ble (māl’ē-ə-bəl)

Capable of great deformation without breaking, when subject to compressive stress. Gold is the most malleable metal. Compare ductile.


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  • Malleablize

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    [mal-ee-eyt] /ˈmæl iˌeɪt/ verb (used with object), malleated, malleating. 1. to beat or shape with a hammer, as in metalworking.

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