Ductile Definition and Examples

What Is Ductility?

A ductile material can be drawn into a long, thin wire.
A ductile material can be drawn into a long, thin wire. PM Images, Getty Images

Ductile Definition

Ductility is a physical property of a material associated with the ability to be hammered thin or stretched into wire without breaking. A ductile substance can be drawn into a wire.

Examples: Most metals are good examples of ductile materials, including gold, silver, copper, erbium, terbium, and samarium. An example of a metal that is not very ductile is aluminum. Nonmetals are not generally ductile.

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