having hardness and rigidity but little tensile strength; breaking readily with a comparatively smooth fracture, as glass.
easily damaged or destroyed; fragile; frail:
a brittle marriage.
lacking warmth, sensitivity, or compassion; aloof; self-centered:
a self-possessed, cool, and rather brittle person.
having a sharp, tense quality:
a brittle tone of voice.
unstable or impermanent; evanescent.
a confection of melted sugar, usually with nuts, brittle when cooled:
to be or become brittle; crumble.
easily cracked, snapped, or broken; fragile
curt or irritable: a brittle reply
hard or sharp in quality
a crunchy sweet made with treacle and nuts: peanut brittle
Having a tendency to break when subject to high stress. Brittle materials have undergone very little strain when they reach their elastic limit, and tend to break at that limit. Compare ductile.
a hatchet with a broad cutting edge.
a flat, triangular, steel arrowhead with sharp edges. an arrow having such an arrowhead. Historical Examples Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. II, No. X., March 1851 Various Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady The Dock and the Scaffold Unknown The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady The […]
long jump. long-jump. noun (US & Canadian) an excercise and athletic contest in which competitors try to jump the farthest distance possible from a standing start from a fixed board or mark (Austral & US, Canadian) a former name for the long jump