malleable[mal′ē ə bəl]
A malleable piece of wood.
- The definition of malleable is capable of being shaped or changed, whether physically or mentally.
- An example of malleable is a piece of wood that a hammer can reshape.
- An example of malleable is a person whose decisions are constantly influenced by her peers' opinions.
- that can be hammered, pounded, or pressed into various shapes without breaking: said of metals
- capable of being changed, molded, trained, etc.; adaptable
Origin of malleableMiddle English malliable ; from Medieval Latin malleabilis ; from Classical Latin malleare, to beat with a hammer ; from malleus, a hammer ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mel-, to grind, beat from source mill
- Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure: a malleable metal.
- Easily controlled or influenced: “The British [rulers] &ellipsis; had favoured the brother who struck them as altogether more amiable, a more malleable, more temperate man” (Paul Scott).
- a. Able to adjust to changing circumstances; adaptable: a malleable leader unafraid to compromise.b. Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: the malleable rhythms of jazz.
Origin of malleableMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin malleābilis, from malleāre, to hammer, from Latin malleus, hammer; see mel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- mal′le·a·bil′i·ty, mal′le·a·ble·ness
(comparative more malleable, superlative most malleable)
- Able to be hammered into thin sheets; capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers.
- (metaphorical) Flexible, liable to change.
- My opinion on the subject is malleable.
- (cryptography, of an algorithm) in which an adversary can alter a ciphertext such that it decrypts to a related plaintext