Malleable Mal"le*a*ble, a. [F. mall['e]able, fr. LL. malleare to hammer. See {Malleate}.] 1. Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of being influenced to behave as desired; tractable; -- used mostly of children. [PJC]

{Malleable iron}, iron that is capable of extension or of being shaped under the hammer; decarbonized cast iron. See under {Iron}.

{Malleable iron castings}, articles cast from pig iron and made malleable by heating then for several days in the presence of some substance, as hematite, which deprives the cast iron of some of its carbon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • malléable — [ maleabl ] adj. • v. 1500; du lat. malleare « marteler », de malleus « marteau » 1 ♦ Qui a la propriété de s aplatir et de s étendre sous le marteau (ou par l action du laminoir) en lames ou feuilles. ⇒ ductile. L or est le plus malléable des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • malleable — (adj.) late 14c., capable of being shaped by hammering, from M.Fr. malleable and directly from M.L. malleabilis, from malleare to beat with a hammer, from L. malleus hammer (see MALLET (Cf. mallet)). Figurative sense, of persons, capable of being …   Etymology dictionary

  • malleable — Malleable. adj. de tout genre. Qui est dur & ductile, qui se peut battre, forger, & estendre à coups de marteau. Les metaux sont malleables. Le verre n est point malleable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • malleable — I adjective accommodating, acquiescent, adaptable, adjustable, agreeable, amenable, amiable, bendable, bending, compliant, conformable, conforming, controllable, deferential, docile, ductile, ductilis, easily bent, easily influenced, easily… …   Law dictionary

  • malleable — *plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, adaptable Analogous words: tractable, amenable (see OBEDIENT) Antonyms: refractory Contrasted words: intractable, recalcitrant, ungovernable, *unruly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • malleable — [adj] pliable adaptable, compliant, ductile, flexible, governable, go with the flow*, impressionable, manageable, moldable, plastic, pliant, putty in hands*, rolls with punches*, soft, submissive, supple, tractable, tractile, transformable,… …   New thesaurus

  • malleable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to be hammered or pressed into shape without breaking or cracking. 2) easily influenced. DERIVATIVES malleability noun. ORIGIN from Latin malleus a hammer …   English terms dictionary

  • malleable — [mal′ē ə bəl] adj. [ME malliable < ML malleabilis < L malleare, to beat with a hammer < malleus, a hammer < IE base * mel , to grind, beat > MILL1] 1. that can be hammered, pounded, or pressed into various shapes without breaking:… …   English World dictionary

  • malleable — [[t]mæ̱liəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is malleable, you mean that they are easily influenced or controlled by other people. [WRITTEN] The malleable mayor of New York was under his control... She was young enough to be… …   English dictionary

  • malléable — (mal lé a bl ) adj. 1°   Qu on peut battre, forger, étendre à coups de marteau. L or est le plus malléable des métaux. •   Nous répétâmes, dans mon laboratoire de Montbar, l expérience de la platine [du platine] malléable, BUFF. Min. t. V, p. 456 …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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