brittle definition

  • adjective:
    • prone to break, break, or break, as when subjected to force: brittle bones.
    • Easily damaged or interrupted; delicate: a brittle friendship. See Synonyms at fragile.
    • tough to cope with; snappish: a brittle disposition.
    • Lacking warmth of sensation; cool: a reputation if you are brittle and aloof.
    • Brilliantly razor-sharp, such as percussive noise.
    • Perishable.
    • Fleeting; transitory.
    • Inflexible, liable to break or break easily under stress or force.
    • perhaps not actually hard or tenacious; apt to break or crumble whenever flexing.
    • stated of stones and nutrients with a conchoidal break; effective at being knapped or flaked.
    • Emotionally delicate, quickly offended.
    • quickly broken; more likely to break; delicate; maybe not tough or tenacious.
    • having little elasticity; thus easily cracked or fractured or snapped
    • lacking heat and generosity of character
    • (of steel or glass) not annealed and therefore quickly cracked or fractured
    • expected to break, snap, or break, as when afflicted by stress: brittle bones.
    • quickly damaged or disrupted; fragile: a brittle relationship. See Synonyms at delicate.
    • Difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle personality.
    • Lacking heat of sensation; cool: a reputation to be brittle and aloof.
    • Brilliantly razor-sharp, as in percussive sound.
    • Perishable.
    • Fleeting; transitory.
    • Inflexible, prone to break or break easily under tension or pressure.
    • maybe not literally tough or tenacious; more likely to break or crumble when flexing.
    • Said of rocks and nutrients with a conchoidal break; effective at being knapped or flaked.
    • Emotionally fragile, quickly offended.
    • Effortlessly broken; likely to break; delicate; not difficult or tenacious.
    • having small elasticity; thus effortlessly cracked or fractured or snapped
    • lacking warmth and generosity of character
    • (of steel or glass) perhaps not annealed and therefore easily cracked or fractured
  • noun:
    • A confection of caramelized sugar to which peanuts tend to be added: walnut brittle.
    • A confection of caramelized sugar and peanuts.
    • Everything resembling this confection, such flapjack, a cereal club, etc.
    • caramelized sugar cooled in slim sheets
    • A confection of caramelized sugar that nuts are included: walnut brittle.
    • A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
    • Everything resembling this confection, particularly flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.
    • caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
  • others:
    • 1. Fickle; changeable.
    • Breaking effortlessly and instantly with a comparatively smooth break, as cup; fragile; not tough or tenacious.
    • Figuratively, effortlessly destroyed; perishable; fleeting.
    • 1. Fickle; changeable.
    • Breaking effortlessly and all of a sudden with a comparatively smooth fracture, as cup; delicate; maybe not hard or tenacious.
    • Figuratively, easily destroyed; perishable; fleeting.

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