What does brittle mean?

Definitions for brittle
ˈbrɪt lbrit·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brittle, toffee, toffy(adj)

    caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets

  2. brittle, brickle, brickly(adj)

    having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped

    "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"

  3. brittle(adj)

    lacking warmth and generosity of spirit

    "a brittle and calculating woman"

  4. brittle, unannealed(adj)

    (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured

Wiktionary

  1. brittle(Noun)

    (Mass Noun) A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

  2. brittle(Noun)

    (Mass Noun) Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

  3. brittle(Adjective)

    Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

  4. brittle(Adjective)

    Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

  5. brittle(Adjective)

    Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

  6. brittle(Adjective)

    Emotionally fragile, easily offended.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

  7. brittle(Adjective)

    Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.

    Etymology: From britel, brutel, brotel, from *, equivalent to . More at brit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brittle(adj)

    easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brittle

    brit′l, adj. apt to break: easily broken: frail.—ns. Britt′leness; Britt′le-stars, or Sand-stars, one of the classes of Echinodermata, including forms not far removed from starfishes. [A.S. bréotan, to break.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. brittle

    Said of software that is functional but easily broken by changes in operating environment or configuration, or by any minor tweak to the software itself. Also, any system that responds inappropriately and disastrously to abnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g., a file system that is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is said to be brittle. This term is often used to describe the results of a research effort that were never intended to be robust, but it can be applied to commercial software, which (due to closed-source development) displays the quality far more often than it ought to. Oppose robust.

Anagrams for brittle »

  1. blitter, triblet

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brittle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brittle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of brittle in a Sentence

  1. Christine Lagarde:

    We believe that global growth is still too low, too brittle and too lopsided.

  2. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.

  3. Paul Byrne:

    Think of like a Milky Way bar or a Mars bar, its where the chocolate and caramel touch, that depth, you can treat that as the thickness of the brittle, rigid layer.

  4. Edi Rama:

    Peace is brittle and a big burden on our shoulders so we need ... concrete help from the European Union and the European Commission, we can get more support together than on our own, to maximize the gains for our peoples.

  5. Tom Robbins:

    Meditation... disolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass.

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