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Saddam spent 35 years stealing and wasting money, and all of these systems are very fragile and brittle, and you try to fix one thing and something else gets in trouble.
Paul Bremer

Meaning of "brittle" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BRITTLE

From Old English brytel (unattested); related to brytsen fragment, brēotan to break.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BRITTLE

brittle  [ˈbrɪtəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BRITTLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Brittle can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES BRITTLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

brittle

Brittleness

A material is brittle if, when subjected to stress, it breaks without significant deformation. Brittle materials absorb relatively little energy prior to fracture, even those of high strength. Breaking is often accompanied by a snapping sound. Brittle materials include most ceramics and glasses and some polymers, such as PMMA and polystyrene. Many steels become brittle at low temperatures, depending on their composition and processing. When used in materials science, it is generally applied to materials that fail when there is little or no evidence of plastic deformation before failure. One proof is to match the broken halves, which should fit exactly since no plastic deformation has occurred. When a material has reached the limit of its strength, it usually has the option of either deformation or fracture. A naturally malleable metal can be made stronger by impeding the mechanisms of plastic deformation, but if this is taken to an extreme, fracture becomes the more likely outcome, and the material can become brittle. Improving material toughness is therefore a balancing act.

Definition of brittle in the English dictionary

The first definition of brittle in the dictionary is easily cracked, snapped, or broken; fragile. Other definition of brittle is curt or irritable. Brittle is also hard or sharp in quality.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BRITTLE


capital
ˈkæpɪtəl
Capitol
ˈkæpɪtəl
digital
ˈdɪdʒɪtəl
embrittle
ɪmˈbrɪtəl
extramarital
ˌɛkstrəˈmærɪtəl
fatal
ˈfeɪtəl
genital
ˈdʒɛnɪtəl
hospital
ˈhɒspɪtəl
it´ll
ˈɪtəl
little
ˈlɪtəl
marital
ˈmærɪtəl
natal
ˈneɪtəl
nonmarital
ˌnɒnˈmærɪtəl
postmarital
ˌpəʊstˈmærɪtəl
premarital
priːˈmærɪtəl
skeletal
ˈskɛlɪtəl
subtitle
ˈsʌbˌtaɪtəl
title
ˈtaɪtəl
vegetal
ˈvɛdʒɪtəl
vital
ˈvaɪtəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BRITTLE

britschka
britska
britt
Brittanies
Brittany
Brittany spaniel
Britten
brittle bone disease
brittle bone syndrome
brittle-star
brittlely
brittleness
brittly
Brittonic
britzka
Brix scale
Brixia
BRN
Brno
bro

WORDS THAT END LIKE BRITTLE

battle
belittle
bottle
cuittle
Doolittle
frog spittle
kittle
knittle
lickspittle
little by little
no little
not a little
quite a little
skittle
smittle
spittle
tittle
toad spittle
vittle
whittle

Synonyms and antonyms of brittle in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BRITTLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «brittle» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of brittle

Translation of «brittle» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BRITTLE

Find out the translation of brittle to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of brittle from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «brittle» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

硬脆易碎的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

quebradizo
570 millions of speakers

English

brittle
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भंगुर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

هش
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

хрупкими
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

quebradiço
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভঙ্গুর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cassant
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Rapuh
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

spröde
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

硬いがもろい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

부서지기 쉬운
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Brittle
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giòn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

உடையக்கூடிய
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ठिसूळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kırılgan
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fragile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kruche
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

крихкими
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fragil
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εύθραυστα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

broos
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

spröd
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sprø
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of brittle

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BRITTLE»

The term «brittle» is quite widely used and occupies the 27.192 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BRITTLE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about brittle

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4 QUOTES WITH «BRITTLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word brittle.
1
Paul Bremer
Saddam spent 35 years stealing and wasting money, and all of these systems are very fragile and brittle, and you try to fix one thing and something else gets in trouble.
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John Burdett
Las Vegas is the expression, in glitter and concrete, of America's brittle and mutating id.
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Joshua Waitzkin
The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.
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Peter Zumthor
I am convinced that a good building must be capable of absorbing the traces of human life and taking on a specific richness... I think of the patina of age on materials, of innumerable small scratches on surfaces, of varnish that has grown dull and brittle, and of edges polished by use.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BRITTLE»

Discover the use of brittle in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to brittle and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Fracture of Brittle Solids
This book is a monograph on the brittle fracture of ceramic materials, in a unified continuum, microstructural and atomistic treatment.
Brian R. Lawn, 1993
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Experimental Rock Deformation - The Brittle Field
The last chapter deals with the transition between the two fields. In this new edition an attempt has been made to take into account new developments of the last two and a half decades.
M.S. Paterson, Teng-fong Wong, 2005
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The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and ...
"I have spent over thirty years in this work. Often an entity identified itself as being the Devil, and then through physical and psychological means proves itself to be just that..." --Ed Warren
Gerald Brittle, 2002
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Dear Editor: The Collected Letters of Oscar Brittle
Oscar Brittle is the creation of Glenn Fowler, Christopher Smyth and Gareth Malone. This is a book that is not easily forgotten. Once you have read Brittle you will never read letters pages in the same way again.
Oscar Brittle, Glenn Fowler, Christopher Smyth, 2009
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Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle is ostracized by the other peanuts because he has no shell, and when he puts on an acorn shell to protect himself, his appearance stands out even more from the crowd.
‎2011
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Brittle Failure of Rock Materials
This text comprises different basic aspects of brittle failure for rocks. It considers classical and contemporary models, as well as failure patterns under different loading schemes.
G.E. Andreev, 1995
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Brittle Bones, Stout Hearts and Minds: Adults with ...
The book chronicles life experiences, coping patterns, and strategies for daily living of adults with OI, through personal accounts of medical experiences, education, economics, physical intimacy, dating, marriage, and general lifestyle ...
Joan Ablon, 2010
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Brittle Matrix Composites 10
Brittle matrix composites are applied in various domains and the series of symposia are closely related to their applications in civil engineering.
A M Brandt, M A Glinicki, J Olek, 2012
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Fracture Resistance Testing of Monolithic and Composite ...
From a November 2000 symposium in Orlando, Florida, 14 papers review the new standards promulgated by American, European, and Japanese professional associations for testing fracture toughness, slow crack growth, and biaxial strength in ...
Jonathan A. Salem, George D. Quinn, Michael G. Jenkins, 2002
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The Fracture of Brittle Materials: Testing and Analysis
With this book as their guide, readers can confidently test and analyze a broad range of brittle materials in order to make the best use of existing materials as well as to support the development of new materials.
Stephen Freiman, John J. Mecholsky, Jr., 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BRITTLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term brittle is used in the context of the following news items.
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Grandmother gets probation for putting pot in peanut brittle
West Chester >> Possession of peanut brittle and pralines normally is not the kind of activity that gets you hauled before a judge, facing criminal ... «The Delaware County Daily Times, Jul 15»
2
Eat mushrooms to avoid brittle bones: Australian researchers
SYDNEY, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Australians should be heaping mushrooms onto plates during winter to avoid becoming vitamin D deficient, new ... «GlobalPost, Jul 15»
3
Nabisco must be thick: Oreo Thins about as dumb as New Coke
The wafers are so thin and brittle they shatter when you try to spin off the top and lick out the scant layer of Stuf; they lack the heft to dip into a ... «Boston Herald, Jul 15»
4
Hillary rope-a-dopes press, but whos the dope
... another problem for Hillary: Whatever her real qualities, her public image often comes across as frosty, removed, entitled, brittle and peevish. «Politico, Jul 15»
5
Second ex-Clarinda patient dies after transfer
Clarinda facility staffers wrote in a "discharge assessment" on May 26 that Jim Hanson was in "brittle" condition, had serious diabetes, could not ... «DesMoinesRegister.com, Jul 15»
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Orson's Shadow: By Austin Pendleton review by QUENTIN LETTS
Gina Bellman brings glamour with her Leigh but is she sufficiently brittle? Louise Ford prospers best as the young Plowright – perhaps because ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
7
Brazil's Rock Icon and AIDS Wake-Up Call
Performing his epic 1989 concert in a white T-shirt draped loosely over spiny collarbones, he gripped the microphone with brittle wrists, resting ... «OZY, Jul 15»
8
Ranking Washington Redskins' Top 5 Sleepers to Watch in Camp
He's a rookie free agent currently in competition with brittle incumbent Chris Thompson. Yet despite going undrafted, Williams is not short of ... «Bleacher Report, Jul 15»
9
Burt Shavitz, Namesake Of Burt's Bees, Has Died
... in the winter, and the delicious-smelling Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream may be one of the best things our brittle nails have encountered. «Refinery29, Jul 15»
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Any credible long-term strategy for Greece must include write-down …
The consequences of all of this are visited not alone on Greece but on a brittle eurozone economy dependent on the ECB's printing presses ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»

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