fran·​gi·​ble | \ ˈfran-jə-bəl How to pronounce frangible (audio) \

Definition of frangible

: readily or easily broken

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frangibility \ ˌfran-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce frangibility (audio) \ noun

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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

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frangible china teacups that were totally inappropriate for a child's birthday party
Recent Examples on the Web At 1,000 metres, a frangible bolt—which was supposed to detach explosively in the event of power loss to shed weight—broke off. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 Now the team, led by Professor of Computer Vision Paul Rosin, is asking for more texts too fragile to be opened, hoping to ease the burden on historical researchers hesitant to examine the frangible objects. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Used X-Rays to Read This 400-Year-Old Burnt Up Scroll," 4 Oct. 2018 Details needed to be worked out, such as a requirement that school guns fire only frangible bullets, which break apart into small pieces and are unlikely to pass through victims, as a way to limit the danger to innocent students. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, "Santa Fe school had a shooting plan, armed officers, and practice. And still 10 people died.," 19 May 2018 Ascendance International was exhibiting its trademark frangible bullets with a full-auto AR-15. Elliott Woods, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 16 Apr. 2018 This guy visited Bam two months ago to take extensive tourist pictures of Bam’s famous and highly frangible mud-brick structures. Wired Staff, WIRED, "More Holiday Disasters and Carnage — Bam," 30 Dec. 2003

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First Known Use of frangible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frangible

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere "to break, shatter" + -ibilis -ible — more at break entry 1

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The first known use of frangible was in the 15th century

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“Frangible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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