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frail 1

 (frāl)
adj. frail·er, frail·est
1. Physically weak or delicate: an invalid's frail body; in frail health. See Synonyms at weak.
2. Easily broken or destroyed; fragile: a flower with a frail stem.
3. Not strong or substantial; slight: a frail voice; evidence too frail to stand up in court.
4. Easily led astray; morally weak.

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

frail′ly adv.
frail′ness n.

frail 2

 (frāl)
n.
1. A rush basket for holding fruit, especially dried fruit.
2. The quantity of fruit, such as raisins or figs, that such a basket can hold.

[Middle English fraiel, from Old French.]

frail

(freɪl)
adj
1. physically weak and delicate
2. fragile: a frail craft.
3. easily corrupted or tempted
[C13: from Old French frele, from Latin fragilis, fragile]
ˈfrailly adv
ˈfrailness n

frail

(freɪl)
n
1. a rush basket for figs or raisins
2. (Units) a quantity of raisins or figs equal to between 50 and 75 pounds
[C13: from Old French fraiel, of uncertain origin]

frail1

(freɪl)

adj. , -er, -est.
1. having delicate health.
2. easily broken or destroyed.
3. morally weak.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin fragilis fragile]
frail′ly, adv.
frail′ness, n.
syn: frail, brittle, fragile imply a delicacy or weakness of substance or construction. frail applies particularly to health and immaterial things: a frail constitution; frail hopes. brittle implies a hard material that snaps or breaks to pieces easily: brittle as glass. fragile implies that the object must be handled carefully to avoid breakage or damage: fragile bric-a-brac.

frail2

(freɪl)

n.
a basket made of rushes and used esp. for dried fruits.
[1300–50; Middle English frayel, fraelle < Old French frayel, of uncertain orig.]

frail

- Fifty pounds of raisins.
See also related terms for raisin.

Frail

 a rush basket, hence, the quantity it could contain, ranging from 30 to 76 Ibs.
Examples: frail of currants, 1836; of figs, 1382; of raisins, 1420; of sprats, 1618.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frail - the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds
weight unit, weight - a unit used to measure weight; "he placed two weights in the scale pan"
2.frail - a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
basket, handbasket - a container that is usually woven and has handles
Adj.1.frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"
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"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
robust - sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction; "a robust body"; "a robust perennial"
2.frail - wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity"
human - having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings; "human beings"; "the human body"; "human kindness"; "human frailty"
3.frail - 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"

frail

adjective
1. feeble, weak, puny, decrepit, infirm She lay in bed looking particularly frail.
feeble strong, sound, tough, healthy, substantial, robust, vigorous, sturdy, hale, stalwart
2. flimsy, weak, vulnerable, delicate, fragile, brittle, unsound, wispy, insubstantial, breakable, frangible, slight The frail craft rocked as he clambered in.

frail

adjective
Translations
ضَعيف، واهِنواهٍ
slabýchatrného zdraví
skrøbeligsvagelig
heikko
krhak
gyenge egészségû
veikburîa
かよわい
허약한
trauslsvārs
slaboten
bräcklig
แบบบาง
yếu ớt

frail

[freɪl] ADJ (frailer (compar) (frailest (superl))) [person] → débil; [health] → delicado, frágil; [chair etc] → frágil (fig) [hope] → leve; [relationship] → frágil

frail

[ˈfreɪl] adj
[old person] → frêle
[thing] → fragile

frail

adj (+er)
(= weak) persongebrechlich; healthzart, anfällig; to be in frail healthkränklich sein, gesundheitlich angeschlagen sein; to look frailschwach aussehen
(= fragile) structurefragil; boat, aircraftleicht gebaut; (fig) hopeschwach; egolabil; happiness is a frail commodityGlück ist eine unsichere Angelegenheit

frail

[freɪl] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (person, health, structure) → fragile, delicato/a (fig) (hope, relationship) → tenue, debole

frail

(freil) adjective
weak, especially in health. a frail old lady.
ˈfrailtyplural ˈfrailties noun
physical weakness or (a) moral failing. She loved him in spite of his frailties.

frail

واهٍ slabý skrøbelig schwach ευπαθής débil heikko frêle krhak fragile かよわい 허약한 zwak skjør kruchy frágil хилый bräcklig แบบบาง hastalıklı yếu ớt 虚弱的

frail

adj frágil, débil
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If it fails, we must quickly take to our rafts; frail as they are, we have more chance of saving our lives with them than we have if we remain here.
And the poets indeed have been busy with it; for it is in effect the thing, which figured in that strange fiction of the ancient poets, which seemeth not to be without mystery; nay, and to have some approach to the state of a Christian; that Hercules, when he went to unbind Prometheus (by whom human nature is represented), sailed the length of the great ocean, in an earthen pot or pitcher; lively describing Christian resolution, that saileth in the frail bark of the flesh, through the waves of the world.
For, although they can inflict instantaneous death by a retrograde movement, yet unless they can at once disengage their stinging extremity from the struggling body of their victim, their own frail bodies are liable to be shattered.
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So soon as Cora and Alice were seated, the scout, without regarding the element, directed Heyward to support one side of the frail vessel, and posting himself at the other, they bore it up against the stream, followed by the dejected owner of the dead foal.
To her surprise she discovered that she could not even turn against the high wind, which rocked and buffeted the frail craft.
One man, trying in his terror to escape the awful sight, stumbled against the coffin so heavily as to knock away one of its frail supports.
But now I am aboard a craft I handle for myself, and must make shift to handle a second time with this frail pen.
The next few days Tarzan devoted to the weaving of a barkcloth sail with which to equip the canoe, for he despaired of being able to teach the apes to wield the paddles, though he did manage to get several of them to embark in the frail craft which he and Mugambi paddled about inside the reef where the water was quite smooth.
Reasoning my way from the known personality to the unknown, I searched my memory for the image of the frail and delicate child of my remembrance: and I drew the picture of a frail and delicate woman--the most absolute contrast imaginable to Mrs.
The spritsail filled with the wind, suddenly, careening the frail open craft till it seemed it would surely capsize.
It is as I told you in my other letter: both my poor sister and her husband, when they found they could not recover, expressed the wish that you should have their little Catherine - as knowing that you would presently be retired from the army - rather than that she should remain with me, who am broken in health, or go to your mother in California, whose health is also frail.