(Latin: a suffix; expressing capacity, fitness to do that which can be handled or managed, suitable skills to accomplish something; capable of being done, something which can be finished, etc.)
A suffix that forms adjectives. The suffix -ible has related meanings; expressing ability, capacity, fitness; capable of, fit for, able to be done, can be done, inclined to, tending to, given to.
This list is only a small sample of the thousands of -able words that exist in English.
2. Liable to be deposed; such as, a king.
2. A reference to anything that can be received from ancestors: A derivable estate often comes from a relative.
Wendy is desirous of acquiring that desirable piece of property down by the river.
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2. That which can be injured beyond repair or renewal; demolished; ruined; or annihilated: "The house proved to be destroyable as was shown by the results of the tornado."
2. A reference to the ability to firmly decide or to definitely ascertain something: A readily determinable market value was provided by Mr. Stevens, the economist.
2. The process whereby glass becomes partly crystallized as it cools (usually too slowly) from the molten state.
3. The crystals formed by this process.
Devitrification may also occur on the surface as a result of unsuccessful annealing* or accidental heating to a high temperature. It is not caused by chemical reaction between glass and its environment, which is known as weathering.
*Annealing refers to the process of slowly cooling a completed object in an auxiliary part of a glass furnace, or in a separate furnace.
This is an integral part of glassmaking because if a hot glass object is allowed to cool too quickly, it will be highly strained by the time it reaches room temperature; indeed, it may break as it cools. Highly strained glasses break easily if subjected to mechanical or thermal shock.
2. Descriptive of anything that is decreased.