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Dictionary Definition

brittle adj
1 having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped; "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal" [syn: brickle, brickly]
2 lacking warmth and generosity of spirit; "a brittle and calculating woman"
3 (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured [syn: unannealed] n : caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets [syn: toffee, toffy]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈbɹɪtl̩/


  1. Inflexible, able to break or snap easily under stress or pressure; not tough or tenacious; weak.
  2. Emotionally fragile, easily offended.

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confection of caramelized sugar and nuts

See also


Extensive Definition


  • Lewis, Peter Rhys, Reynolds, K, and Gagg, C, Forensic Materials Engineering: Case studies, CRC Press (2004).

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brittle in German: Sprödigkeit
brittle in Spanish: Fragilidad
brittle in Esperanto: Rompiĝemo
brittle in French: Fragilité
brittle in Indonesian: Rapuh
brittle in Italian: Fragilità
brittle in Dutch: Brosheid
brittle in Japanese: 脆性
brittle in Polish: Kruchość
brittle in Vietnamese: Độ dòn
brittle in Ukrainian: Крихкість

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