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adj. brit·tler, brit·tlest
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.
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.
a. Perishable.
b. Fleeting; transitory.
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.


1. the quality of being brittle
2. (Metallurgy) metallurgy the tendency of a metal to break without being significantly distorted or exposed to a high level of stress. Compare toughness2, softness2
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brittleness - firm but easily broken
breakableness - the consistency of something that breaks under pressure
flakiness - having or breaking into thin crisp flakes
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[ˈbrɪtlnɪs] Nlo quebradizo


Sprödigkeit f, → Zerbrechlichkeit f; (of old paper)Bröckligkeit f; (of biscuit)Mürbheit f; (of bones)Schwäche f
(fig, of nerves) → Schwäche f; (of person)Empfindlichkeit f; (of voice, laugh)Schrillheit f


(ˈbritl) adjective
hard but easily broken. brittle materials.
ˈbrittleness noun
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Stripped of background camouflage, birds are beautifully seen, Thin stems wilt in the thaw and trees bark takes on a sheen, Through the snow's pores breathes a brittleness into the air, The wind sweeps up snow dunes with tender care.
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