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frag·ile

 (frăj′əl, -īl′)
adj.
1. Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed.
2. Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate: a fragile personality.
3. Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy: a fragile claim to fame.

[French, from Old French, from Latin fragilis, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

frag′ile·ly adv.
fra·gil′i·ty (frə-jĭl′ĭ-tē), frag′ile·ness n.
Synonyms: fragile, breakable, frangible, flimsy, brittle
These adjectives mean easily broken or damaged. Fragile applies to objects that are not made of strong or sturdy material and that require great care when handled: fragile porcelain plates.
Breakable and frangible mean capable of being broken but do not necessarily imply inherent weakness: breakable toys; frangible bullets designed to break apart on impact.
Flimsy refers to what is easily broken because of inferior materials or workmanship: "Flimsy and loosely built structures collapsed like houses of cards under the terrific wrenching and shaking" (Richard L. Humphrey).
Brittle refers to inelasticity that makes something especially likely to fracture or snap when it is subjected to pressure: brittle bones. See Also Synonyms at weak.

fragile

(ˈfrædʒaɪl)
adj
1. able to be broken easily
2. in a weakened physical state
3. delicate; light: a fragile touch.
4. slight; tenuous: a fragile link with the past.
[C17: from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break]
ˈfragilely adv
fragility, fragileness n

frag•ile

(ˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪl)

adj.
1. easily broken or damaged; brittle: a fragile vase; a fragile alliance.
2. vulnerably delicate in appearance: fragile beauty.
3. lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.
[1505–15; < Latin fragilis]
frag′ile•ly, adv.
frag′ile•ness, n.
syn: See frail1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fragile - easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
2.fragile - vulnerably delicate; "she has the fragile beauty of youth"
delicate - exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
3.fragile - lacking substance or significance; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"
unimportant, insignificant - devoid of importance, meaning, or force

fragile

adjective
1. unstable, weak, vulnerable, delicate, uncertain, insecure, precarious, flimsy The fragile government was on the brink of collapse.
2. fine, weak, delicate, frail, feeble, brittle, flimsy, dainty, easily broken, breakable, frangible Coffee was served to them in cups of fragile china.
fine lasting, strong, tough, flexible, reliable, hardy, robust, sturdy, durable, elastic, resilient
3. delicate, fine, charming, elegant, neat, exquisite, graceful, petite, dainty The haircut emphasised her fragile beauty.
4. unwell, poorly, weak, delicate, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), shaky, frail, feeble, sickly, unsteady, infirm He felt irritated and strangely fragile.

fragile

adjective
1. Easily broken or damaged:
Translations
سريع الإنْكِسار، هَشهَشّ
křehký
skrøbelig
särkyvä
osjetljiv
brothættur
壊れやすい
깨지기 쉬운
plīstošstrausls
krhek
ömtålig
เปราะบาง
kırılgankolay kırılır
mỏng manh

fragile

[ˈfrædʒaɪl] ADJ
1. (= easily broken) [glass, china, object] → frágil
"fragile, handle with care"cuidado, frágil
2. (= delicate, fine) [plant, beauty, person] → delicado
3. (= frail) [person] → débil; [health] → delicado, precario
I'm feeling rather fragile this morning > (esp hum) → me siento un poco pachucho esta mañana
4. (= unstable) [peace, democracy, relationship] → precario, frágil
the fragile state of the economyel precario or frágil estado de la economía

fragile

[ˈfrædʒaɪl] adjfragile

fragile

adj glass, china, objectzerbrechlich; structurefragil; fabricfein; beauty, skin, childzart; elderly persongebrechlich; situationheikel, unsicher; confidenceschwach; ceasefire, peacebrüchig; healthzart, anfällig; mental state, ego, economylabil; government, democracygeschwächt; “fragile (handle) with care”„Vorsicht, zerbrechlich!“; the fragile economic/political situationdie labile Wirtschaftslage/politische Situation; to feel fragile (inf)sich angeschlagen fühlen; to look fragile (inf)angeschlagen aussehen

fragile

[ˈfrædʒaɪl] adjfragile
I'm feeling rather fragile this morning (hum) (esp after drinking) → mi sento piuttosto debole stamattina

fragile

(ˈfrӕdʒail) , ((American) ˈfradʒəl) adjective
easily broken. a fragile glass vase.
fraˈgility (-ˈdʒi-) noun

fragile

هَشّ křehký skrøbelig zerbrechlich εύθραυστος frágil särkyvä fragile osjetljiv fragile 壊れやすい 깨지기 쉬운 broos skrøpelig delikatny frágil хрупкий ömtålig เปราะบาง kırılgan mỏng manh 易碎的

fragile

adj frágil, delicado, quebradizo
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Within this fragile barrier he arranged the blankets abandoned by the foresters, darkening the inner extremity of the cavern, while its outer received a chastened light from the narrow ravine, through which one arm of the river rushed to form the junction with its sister branch a few rods below.
It is but two or three weeks ago that you seemed to wish people to live in something as fragile and temporary as a bird's-nest
For upwards of twenty years before this epoch, the independent position of the Collector had kept the Salem Custom-House out of the whirlpool of political vicissitude, which makes the tenure of office generally so fragile.
There is a kind of beauty so intense, yet so fragile, that we cannot bear to look at it.
Here the fragile laundress burst into tears and sobs.
He approached once more, and made as if he would seize the fragile being; but, shrinking back, Linton clung to his cousin, and implored her to accompany him, with a frantic importunity that admitted no denial.
I am aware that I am merely a female, and that a masculine judgement is usually considered more competent to the discussion of such questions; still I must not forget that, when I lived at home with my papa and mama, my papa was in the habit of saying, "Emma's form is fragile, but her grasp of a subject is inferior to none.
Bell had used a disc of fragile gold-beaters' skin with a patch of sheet-iron glued to the centre.
The Countess was a little woman, with a flat, graceful figure and enchanting shape; so fragile, so dainty was she, that you would have feared to break some bone if you so much as touched her.
In another moment we were standing face to face, I and this fragile thing out of futurity.
D'Artagnan was amazed to note by what fragile and unknown threads the destinies of nations and the lives of men are suspended.
I doubt not you will consider these praises the result of blind maternal affection, but there is a soul of iron in that delicate, fragile body.