embrittle

verb
em·​brit·​tle | \ im-ˈbri-tᵊl How to pronounce embrittle (audio) \
embrittled; embrittling\ im-​ˈbrit-​liŋ How to pronounce embrittle (audio) , -​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of embrittle

transitive verb

: to make brittle

intransitive verb

: to become brittle

Other Words from embrittle

embrittlement \ im-​ˈbri-​tᵊl-​mənt How to pronounce embrittle (audio) \ noun

Examples of embrittle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And hydrogen can embrittle steel pipelines unless that is mitigated by altering operating conditions or incorporating expensive alloys. Michael E. Webber, Scientific American, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of embrittle

1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of embrittle was in 1902

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“Embrittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embrittle. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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