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friable

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of friable

  1. having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure sand dollars are friable, so handle them carefully Synonyms of friable brickle [dialect], brittle, crispy, crumbly, embrittled, flaky (also flakey), crisp, shortWords Related to friable crackly, crisped, crispened, crunchy, crusty; breakable, delicate, fragileNear Antonyms of friable elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant, resilient; strong, sturdy, tough

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

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