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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frailnoun

    the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds

  2. frailadjective

    a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)

  3. frailadjective

    physically weak

    "an invalid's frail body"

  4. fallible, frail, imperfect, weakadjective

    wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

    "I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity"

  5. 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"


  1. frailnoun

    A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.

  2. frailnoun

    The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.

  3. frailnoun

    A rush for weaving baskets.

  4. frailnoun

    A girl.

  5. frailverb

    To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail.

  6. frailadjective

    Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.

  7. frailadjective

    Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste.

  8. Etymology: From frele, from fragilis. Cognate to fraction, fracture, and fragile.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRAILadjective

    Etymology: fragilis, Latin.

    I know my body’s of so frail a kind,
    As force without, fevers within can kill. Davies.

    When with care we have raised this imaginary treasure of happiness, we find, at last, that the materials of the structure are frail and perishing, and the foundation itself is laid in the sand. John Rogers, Sermon 5.

    The truly virtuous do not easily credit evil that is told them of their neighbours; for if others may do amiss, then may these also speak amiss: man is frail, and prone to evil, and therefore may soon fail in words. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.

  2. Frailnoun

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frailnoun

    a basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins

  2. Frailnoun

    the quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail

  3. Frailnoun

    a rush for weaving baskets

  4. Frail

    easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm

  5. Frail


  6. Frail

    liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; -- often applied to fallen women

  7. Etymology: [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F. frle, fr. L. fragilis. See Fragile.]


  1. Frail

    Frail is an album by Norwegian singer-songwiter Maria Solheim released in 2004 by Kirkelig Kulturverksted.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frail

    frāl, adj. wanting in strength or firmness: weak: unchaste.—adj. Frail′ish, somewhat frail.—adv. Frail′ly.—ns. Frail′ness, Frail′ty, weakness: infirmity. [O. Fr. fraile—L. fragilis, fragile.]

  2. Frail

    frāl, n. a rush: a basket made of rushes. [O. Fr. frayel; of dubious origin.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frail in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of frail in a Sentence

  1. William Schaffner:

    This is largely a problem when it comes to severe disease, the disease that requires hospitalization, it's among the unvaccinated. It really is pretty unusual to have a vaccinated person be hospitalized. Most of those people tend to be older and very, very frail. They never were able to respond to the vaccine, and we have the occasional immunocompromised person whose immune system also couldn't respond optimally to the vaccine, so the unvaccinated continue to be the big highway of transmission. The vaccinated, they're little side streets. Let's not get preoccupied with that. We need to get more people vaccinated.

  2. Ahmed Korayem:

    I’d like to believe that our very essence is that of love. At times it’s hard to believe when our experiences remind us of the cold, callous, selfish and liars out there who’ve crossed our paths and hurt us. These hurts have led us to protect our selves by hiding out and shunning our light, our love and our essence from the rest of the world. In the name of self-preservation we, in turn, have become cold, callous, selfish and liars, therefore passing down the cycle of pain to the next generation, forcing them to do the same to protect themselves. The cycle breaks once a single person makes the decision to be vulnerable, to be frail to be their essence, knowing that it could very well lead to a world of pain. In the end, it is worth it to one day have the world full of people who are unafraid of their light and are willing to love unconditionally without fear or consequence. This is the world I would like to live in. This is the world we owe to the future generations

  3. Alexis Carrel:

    If you make a habit of sincere prayer, your life will be very noticeably and profoundly altered. Prayer stamps with its indelible mark our actions and demeanor. A tranquility of bearing, a facial and bodily repose, are observed in those whose inner lives are thus enriched. . . . Properly understood, prayer is a mature activity indispensable to the fullest development of personality . . . . Only in prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strengths.

  4. Jens Weidmann on Thursday:

    The main drivers are the favourable labour market situation and substantial increases in households' real disposable income, though foreign trade is currently being hampered by frail demand from the emerging market economies, but with export markets outside the euro area expected to rebound and economic growth within the euro area gaining a little more traction, the healthy underlying state of the German economy should stand out even more clearly over the next two years.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

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