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Definitions of brittle

  1. having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped; "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. lacking warmth and generosity of spirit; "a brittle and calculating woman" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Brittleness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Easily broken; fragile; breakable; not tough. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Easily broken, noting a bacterial colony which is dry and friable. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  9. Apt to break: easily broken. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Easily broken; fragile. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Liable to break; fragile. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Apt to break; fragile; not tough. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Easily broken; not tough. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Said of software that is functional but easilybroken by changes in operating environment or configuration,or by any minor tweak to the software itself. Also, anysystem that responds inappropriately and disastrously toabnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g. a file systemthat is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is saidto be brittle. This term is often used to describe theresults of a research effort that were never intended to berobust, but it can be applied to commercially developedsoftware, which displays the quality far more often than itought to.Opposite of robust. foldoc_fs
  15. Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious< contrast to flexible; usually hard >. dictgcide_fs
  16. brit'l, adj. apt to break: easily broken: frail.--ns. BRITT'LENESS; BRITT'LE-STARS, or Sand-stars, one of the classes of Echinodermata, including forms not far removed from starfishes. [A.S. bréotan, to break.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Apt to break, fragile. Hence brittleness n. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. Fragile, apt to break. Complete Dictionary

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