Materials, Properties of
degradability the state or quality of being susceptible to breakdown or decomposition. —degradable, adj. elasticity Physics. the property of a substance that makes it possible to change its length, volume, or shape in direct response to a force and to recover its original form upon the removal of a force. —elastic, adj. frangibility the condition of being very easily broken. friability the condition of being easily crumbled or pulverized. infrangibility the state or condition of being unbreakable or indivisible. —infrangible, adj. lubricity the state or condition of having smooth surface, as to facilitate movement against another surface with a minimum of friction. —lubricious, adj. malleability the property of a substance that makes it capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers. —malleable, adj. plasticity the property of a substance that makes it capable of being molded, given shape, or being made to assume a desired form. —plastic, adj. rigidity the property of a substance that renders it inflexible, stiff, or nonpliable. —rigid, adj. sabulosity the quality or condition of being sandy or gritty. — sabulous, adj. serosity the quality or condition of being watery or thin, as a liquid. —serous, adj. viscosity the quality or condition of being able to adhere to things. — viscous, adj. vitreosity a state or quality resembling that of glass, as in hardness, brittleness, transparency, glossiness, etc. —vitreous, adj.