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brit·tle

 (brĭt′l)
adj. brit·tler, brit·tlest
1.
a. Likely to break, snap, or crack, as when subjected to pressure: brittle bones.
b. Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile: a brittle friendship. See Synonyms at fragile.
2.
a. Difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle disposition.
b. Lacking warmth of feeling; cold: a reputation for being brittle and aloof.
3. Brilliantly sharp, as in percussive sound.
4.
a. Perishable.
b. Fleeting; transitory.
n.
A confection of caramelized sugar to which nuts are added: walnut brittle.

[Middle English britel, probably from Old English *brytel, from bryttian, to shatter.]

brit′tle·ly (brĭt′l-ē) adv.
brit′tle·ness n.

brittle

(ˈbrɪtəl)
adj
1. easily cracked, snapped, or broken; fragile
2. curt or irritable: a brittle reply.
3. hard or sharp in quality
n
(Cookery) a crunchy sweet made with treacle and nuts: peanut brittle.
[C14: from Old English brytel (unattested); related to brytsen fragment, brēotan to break]
ˈbrittlely, ˈbrittly adv

brit•tle

(ˈbrɪt l)

adj. -tler, -tlest, adj.
1. having hardness and rigidity but little tensile strength; breaking readily with a comparatively smooth fracture, as glass.
2. easily damaged or destroyed; fragile; frail.
3. lacking warmth, sensitivity, or compassion; cold.
4. having a sharp, tense quality: a brittle tone of voice.
5. unstable or impermanent; evanescent.
n.
6. a confection of melted sugar, usu. with nuts, brittle when cooled.
v.i.
7. to be or become brittle.
[1350–1400; Middle English britel]
brit′tle•ness, n.
syn: See frail1.

brit·tle

(brĭt′l)
Likely to break, snap, or crack. Compare ductile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brittle - caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheetsbrittle - caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
candy, confect - a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
peanut brittle - brittle containing peanuts
Adj.1.brittle - having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped; "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
2.brittle - lacking warmth and generosity of spirit; "a brittle and calculating woman"
coldhearted - lacking in sympathy or feeling
3.brittle - (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured
unhardened, untempered - not brought to a proper consistency or hardness; "untempered mortar"; "untempered steel"

brittle

adjective
2. tense, nervous, edgy, stiff, wired (slang), irritable, curt a brittle man

brittle

adjective
Easily broken or damaged:
Translations
قَصيمٌ، سَريعُ الأنكِسار
křehkýlámavýpřecitlivělýcitlivý
skør
stökkur, brothættur
dužustrapumastrapus
trauslsviegli plīstošs
krhek
kolay kırılır

brittle

[ˈbrɪtl] ADJ (brittler (compar) (brittlest (superl))) → quebradizo

brittle

[ˈbrɪtəl] adj
[hair, nails] → cassant(e), fragile
to have brittle bones → avoir de l'ostéoporose
[object, substance] → cassant(e)brittle-bone disease [ˌbrɪtəlˈbəʊn] nostéoporose f

brittle

adj
spröde, zerbrechlich; old paperbröcklig; biscuitmürbe; brittle bonesschwache Knochen
(fig) nervesschwach; personempfindlich; voice, laughschrill; to have a brittle temperaufbrausend sein

brittle

[ˈbrɪtl] adjfragile

brittle

(ˈbritl) adjective
hard but easily broken. brittle materials.
ˈbrittleness noun

brittle

adj (nails, etc.) frágil, quebradizo; (diabetes) difícil de controlar
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But it is Nonsense to speak so about a brittle teacup, when I remember what my heart has gone through without breaking.
True, from the unmarred dead body of the whale, you may scrape off with your hand an infinitely thin, transparent substance, somewhat resembling the thinnest shreds of isinglass, only it is almost as flexible and soft as satin; that is, previous to being dried, when it not only contracts and thickens, but becomes rather hard and brittle.
And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want: not alone your brittle frame.
For Spirits when they please Can either Sex assume, or both; so soft And uncompounded is their Essence pure, Not ti'd or manacl'd with joynt or limb, Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones, Like cumbrous flesh; but in what shape they choose Dilated or condens't, bright or obscure, Can execute their aerie purposes, And works of love or enmity fulfill.
The Emperor's Palace was the most splendid in the world, all made of priceless porcelain, but so brittle and delicate that you had to take great care how you touched it.
The Nautilus entered the brittle mass like a wedge, and split it with frightful crackings.
Then suddenly the trees in the pine wood ahead of me were parted, as brittle reeds are parted by a man thrusting through them; they were snapped off and driven headlong, and a second huge tripod appeared, rushing, as it seemed, headlong towards me.
The brittle blue line had withstood the blows and won.
Then, perceiving in Elizabeth no inclination of replying, she added, "Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia, we may draw from it this useful lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.
Something of a load; but Kory-Kory was a very strong man for his size, and by no means brittle in the spine.
The brittle thread is broken, The dull wheel wearies of its ceaseless round, The duller distaff sickens of its load; I will not spin to-night.
In short, he was rearing, on this foundation of sand a superstructure cemented by practice, though composed of somewhat brittle materials.