Supple vs Ductile - What's the difference?

supple | ductile |


As adjectives the difference between supple and ductile

is that supple is pliant, flexible, easy to bend while ductile is capable of being pulled or stretched into thin wire by mechanical force without breaking.

As a verb supple

is to make or become supple.

supple

English

Adjective

(er)
  • pliant, flexible, easy to bend
  • lithe and agile when moving and bending
  • supple''' joints; '''supple fingers
  • compliant; yielding to the will of others
  • a supple horse
  • * John Locke
  • If punishment makes not the will supple , it hardens the offender.

    Verb

  • To make or become supple.
  • * Dryden
  • The stones suppled into softness as they fell.
  • * Spenser
  • The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep.
  • To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
  • * John Locke
  • a mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's mind and suppled her will
  • * Barrow
  • They should supple our stiff willfulness.

    ductile

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Capable of being pulled or stretched into thin wire by mechanical force without breaking.
  • Molded easily into a new form.
  • (rare) Led easily; prone to follow.
  • Synonyms

    * (molded easily) flexible, plastic, pliant; see also * (led easily) tractable

    Antonyms

    * (capable of being pulled into thin wire) brittle

    Coordinate terms

    * malleable

    See also

    * elastic ----