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ˈfrædʒ əl; Brit. -aɪlfrag·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delicate, fragile, frailadjective

    easily broken or damaged or destroyed

    "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"

  2. fragileadjective

    vulnerably delicate

    "she has the fragile beauty of youth"

  3. flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thinadjective

    lacking substance or significance

    "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"


  1. fragileadjective

    easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure

  2. Etymology: From fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere. Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRAGILEadjective

    Etymology: fragile, French; fragilis, Latin.

    To ease them of their griefs,
    Their pangs of love, and other incident throes,
    That nature’s fragile vessel doth sustain
    In life’s uncertain voyage. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    The stalk of ivy is tough, and not fragile. Francis Bacon, N. Hist.

    When subtle wits have spun their threads too fine,
    ’Tis weak and fragile, like Arachne’s line. John Denham.

    A dry stick will be easily broken, when a green one will maintain a strong resistance; and yet in the moist substance there is less rest than in what is drier and more fragile. Joseph Glanvill.

    Much ostentation, vain of fleshly arms,
    And fragile arms, much instrument of war,
    Long in preparing, soon to nothing brought,
    Before mine eyes thou’st set. John Milton, Paradise Regain’d.


  1. Fragile

    Fragile, released with a B-side track "Jirenma", is a single by the Japanese J-pop group Every Little Thing, released as their eighteenth single on January 1, 2001. It was their fourth single to top the Oricon chart. "Fragile" is the theme song of Fuji Television's Ainori, broadcast between October 2000 and September 2001. It is also the theme song of original video animation Fragtime, an anime adaption produced by Tear Studio and based on the manga of the same title. "Jirenma" is an ending theme song of the movie Initial D.


  1. fragile

    Fragile is an adjective that describes something as delicate, easily breakable, or vulnerable to damage or destruction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fragileadjective

    easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed


  1. Fragile

    Fragile is the fourth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on Atlantic Records. It is the first Yes album recorded with keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who replaced Tony Kaye in 1971, and the first with cover art by Roger Dean, who would design many of the band's covers. Fragile was the band's international breakthrough, and was well received by critics then and now. It is somewhat unusual in that four of the tracks are performed by the entire band, while the other five showcase each of the group members. The album was commercially successful in the UK as well as in the US: in November 1971 it entered the UK Album Chart at No. 7, which would prove its highest position. It later reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 during a stay of 46 weeks. Its release in the US was held back for two months because of the chart momentum of their previous record, The Yes Album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fragile

    fraj′il, adj. easily broken: frail: delicate.—n. Fragil′ity, the state of being fragile. [Fr.,—L. fragilis, frangĕre, to break.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fragile

    Syn brittle.


  1. Fragile

    easily breakable: thin and brittle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fragile in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fragile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fragile in a Sentence

  1. Ronald Reagan:

    Democracy is not a fragile flower still it needs cultivating.

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  3. Sallust:

    The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.

  4. Chapman Cohen:

    Gods are fragile things they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.

  5. Nancy Messonnier:

    They are getting vaccine early because they're among the most fragile -- 40 % of deaths have been in those populations. They are medically fragile, if we vaccinate in a nursing home on Monday, somebody dies on Wednesday, it will be a terrible tragedy. It may, but it's likely not related to the vaccine. So I hope that people will try to not jump to conclusions.

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