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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.)

Resources and Citations

  • O. Untracht, Metal Techniques for Craftsmen, Doubleday and Co., Garden City, NY, 1968.