(1) The characteristic of wrought metal that indicates directional properties. It is revealed by etching of a longitudinal section or is manifested by the fibrous or woody appearance of a fracture. It is caused chiefly by extension of the constituents of the metal, both metallic and non-metallic, in the direction of working. (2) The pattern of preferred orientation of metal crystals after a given deformation process, usually wiredrawing. See also texture.
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