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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"

Wiktionary

  1. fragileadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fragileadjective

    easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed

Freebase

  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.

Entomology

  1. Fragile

    easily breakable: thin and brittle.

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Numerology

  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. Edward P. Morgan:

    A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.

  2. Filippo Grandi:

    The situation in South Sudan is far too fragile and dangerous for people to go back.

  3. Mark Kelly:

    When you look at the ... atmosphere on the limb of the Earth, I wouldn't say it looks unhealthy, but it definitely looks very, very fragile and just kind of like this thin film, so it looks like something that we definitely need to take care of.

  4. Liao Wan-lung:

    We are very worried, it will be a major blow to the growth of Taiwan's fragile economy.

  5. Peter Hotez:

    Measles is typically the first disease to return when there are interruptions in vaccinations because it is so highly contagious, so the fact that measles is now returning in some areas is an indication that our vaccine ecosystem is fragile and in some areas breaking down despite general gains.

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    a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
    • A. ventricle
    • B. sundog
    • C. fervidness
    • D. taper

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