Definition of malleable in US English:

malleable

adjective

  • 1(of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking.

    • ‘He produced a far greater range of objects that more interestingly exploit the malleable substance.’
    • ‘Gold is malleable and does not fracture as it is tumbled about in running water.’
    • ‘He found that leather, highly malleable and easy to dye, was actually an ideal material for realistic sculpture.’
    • ‘Wet wool is quite malleable in terms of size, and you can get it to dry up or down a bit just by handling it properly.’
    • ‘The white irons of suitable composition can be annealed to give malleable cast iron.’
    • ‘You might want to buy a cheap but malleable silver ring to practice on, or maybe a couple of them.’
    • ‘The metal of the pillar has been found to be almost pure malleable iron.’
    • ‘Neodymium is a soft, malleable metal that can be cut and shaped fairly easily.’
    • ‘In certain applications, however, malleable iron has a distinct advantage.’
    • ‘Because gold is malleable and soft it tends to get pounded into little pancakes or smeared out in the crushing and milling equipment labs use.’
    • ‘Gold is soft enough to scratch with a fingernail, and the most malleable of metals.’
    • ‘Nickell seems inspired by the malleable qualities of materials.’
    • ‘Palladium is a relatively soft, silver-white metal that is both malleable and ductile.’
    • ‘All implants are quickly inserted while the cement is malleable to allow proper positioning.’
    • ‘Gold is extremely malleable, and highly conductive, which is why they make circuits out of it.’
    • ‘This allows the clay to form a malleable material.’
    • ‘This malleable food source can be baked, dried in the sun, or mashed with water to form a porridge.’
    • ‘The hilt of the blade is designed to hug the wrist, made of a lightweight, thin malleable metal for ease of wear.’
    • ‘I envied how the material was so malleable compared to wood and that one could get so close to it.’
    • ‘Industrial and commercial fittings are made from galvanized steel, cast iron, or malleable steel.’
    pliable, ductile, plastic, pliant, soft, workable, shapable, mouldable, tractile, tensile
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    1. 1.1 Easily influenced; pliable.
      ‘Anna was shaken enough to be malleable’
      • ‘But the rather malleable populace here seems to be quite pleased at this governmental largesse.’
      • ‘As intensity is the urgency in her work, form is the malleable substance.’
      • ‘They were there with their control collar ready to make me malleable to their malign manipulations.’
      • ‘Rather, research suggests that memories are malleable and reconstructed from a person's current remembering context.’
      • ‘But Anna is sexually malleable and could easily be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous dominant.’
      • ‘It scares people and people who are scared are more malleable, more easily led.’
      • ‘And be aware of what may be imprinted on our impressionable and malleable children in their formative years by the people to whom we expose them.’
      • ‘It just goes to show how malleable women are when there's the slightest suggestion of beauty and youth.’
      • ‘Bones are shifting, hormones are flying all about, neural processes are still plastic and malleable and highly susceptible to influence.’
      • ‘The varying opinions suggest that the laureateship is both a malleable thing and a work in progress.’
      • ‘Sinclair gives the impression of being malleable, like he bears the print of whoever was last sitting on him.’
      • ‘I hardly think that the youth of the future are waiting for malleable faculty to lead them by the hand to willing computers.’
      • ‘Sometimes, however, these natives can be a tad too malleable and easily persuaded by those in their inner circle.’
      • ‘These are not entirely manageable or malleable cultural instruments the way that feudal institutions were.’
      • ‘The eager crowd are easily malleable in the Lady's gaze.’
      • ‘Language is malleable and suggests change already.’
      • ‘Nothing survived of the malleable personality that so impressed us formerly.’
      easily influenced, suggestible, susceptible, impressionable, amenable, cooperative, adaptable, compliant, pliable, tractable, accommodating
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘able to be hammered’): via Old French from medieval Latin malleabilis, from Latin malleus ‘a hammer’.

Pronunciation

malleable

/ˈmæljəb(ə)l//ˈmalyəb(ə)l/