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Capable of being broken; breakable. See Synonyms at fragile.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

fran′gi·bil′i·ty, fran′gi·ble·ness n.


breakable or fragile
[C15: from Old French, ultimately from Latin frangere to break]
ˌfrangiˈbility, ˈfrangibleness n


(ˈfræn dʒə bəl)

easily broken; breakable.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French, derivative of Latin frangere to break]
fran`gi•bil′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.frangible - capable of being broken; "the museum stored all frangible articles in locked showcases"
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"


Easily broken or damaged:
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While designed for full upset at high speed, the SST is not a frangible bullet.
For the same caliber and shape, a frangible bullet will weigh less than that of a similar lead or jacketed bullet.
It was composed of a lead-free, frangible bullet coupled with a nontoxic primer.
Luckily the gun was pointed at the wall when I pulled the trigger, and the frangible bullet went through the sheetrock and shattered against the exterior brick.
Barnes is now making a frangible bullet for varminters and the military, as well as the new MRX bullet with a tungsten core.
The frangible bullet means less chance of damage or injury from ricochets, and after impact, the bullets break up, making multiple wound channels, according to ICC specifications.
A 60-grain frangible bullet, designed by the late, famed modern gunfighter Jim Cirillo, the 9mm RBCD round is loaded to just over 2,000 feet per second velocity, delivering dynamic tissue damage with reduced penetration and ricochet risk.
The sintered copper/tin frangible bullet is lead-free, profiled for reliable feeding, and comes with a dimpled nose for identification.
with SinterFire's frangible bullet and it measured 1.
The frangible bullet was made from powdered iron and wax and was stamped out using commercial pill making equipment.