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tr. & intr.v. em·brit·tled, em·brit·tling, em·brit·tles
To make or become brittle.

em·brit′tle·ment n.


archaic to make or become brittle


(ɛmˈbrɪt l)

v. -tled, -tling. v.t.
1. to make brittle.
2. to become brittle.
em•brit′tle•ment, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.embrittle - make brittle
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
devitrify - make (glassy materials) brittle or opaque
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2] and, if it is made of steel as is highly likely, can embrittle it.
alpha]-MSAN has a higher glass transition temperature compared with that of pure PVC (10-13), and its miscibility window between PVC and a-MSAN is very narrow (23), indicating that addition of a-MSAN could improve the HDT of PVC but embrittle rigid PVC.
Above that, they will embrittle and cease to function as intended.
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This combination of gases produces a corrosive by-product that causes lesser pressure sensor technologies to embrittle and fail during the refining process of oil and gas.
After use and disposal, exposure to UV light, heat, and moisture makes the caps embrittle and break down into small pieces.
Hydrogen will embrittle the high-strength steel used in such pipelines, however, raising the risk of rupture and explosion of leading hydrogen.
Did you know sending a board twice through Pb-free HASL can embrittle the soldermask to the point where the resultant product will have much worse creep corrosion than any thin immersion silver deposit?
First, most coatings embrittle as exposure time increases.
Plated through-holes are gradually work-hardened by physical expansion and contraction, and can embrittle and fail even if the polymeric material itself is not damaged by the temperature extremes.
However, these coatings where the concentration of active HALS drops to zero at the surface are known to rapidly photooxidize and embrittle.
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