The ability of a material to be deformed by tension without breaking. A ductile metal, like gold, can be easily shaped and drawn into a very thin wire. The most ductile metals are (in order from greatest to least): gold, silver, platinum, iron, copper, aluminum, and nickel (Untracht 1968).
Synonyms and Related Terms
ductilité (Fr.); Duktilität (Deut.); ductilidad (Esp.); ductilidade (Port.)
O. Untracht, Metal Techniques for Craftsmen, Doubleday and Co., Garden City, NY, 1968.