adjective fri·a·ble \ˈfrī-ə-bəl\

: easily broken into smaller pieces

Full Definition of FRIABLE

:  easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>
fri·a·bil·i·ty \ˌfrī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of FRIABLE

  1. <sand dollars are friable, so handle them carefully>

Origin of FRIABLE

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin friabilis, from friare to crumble — more at friction
First Known Use: 1563

Synonym Discussion of FRIABLE

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling <a fragile antique chair>. frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy <frangible stone used for paving>. brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness <brittle bones>. crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods <crisp lettuce>. friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>.

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
Medical Dictionary


adjective fri·a·ble \ˈfrī-ə-bəl\

Medical Definition of FRIABLE

:  easily crumbled or pulverized <friable carcinomatous tissue>; also :  marked by erosion and bleeding <a friable cervix with bleeding on contact—Pippa Oakeshott et al>
fri·a·bil·i·ty \ˌfrī-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural fri·a·bil·i·ties


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