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Word: brittle

Definition: hard but easily broken; difficult; unstable; Ex. brittle situation


Sentences Containing 'brittle'

"Time Out London" said, "Though Lean and Coward are less happy here than in the brittle, refined atmosphere of "Brief Encounter", their adventurous excursion into suburban Clapham remains endlessly fascinating."
And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers--shrivelled now, and brown and flat and brittle--to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.
Besides, amber is a hard, transparent, brittle, odorless substance, used for mouth-pieces to pipes, for beads and ornaments; but ambergris is soft, waxy, and so highly fragrant and spicy, that it is largely used in perfumery, in pastiles, precious candles, hair-powders, and pomatum.
Cheaper vises may be made of brittle cast iron.
Even so, a real need for the science did not present itself until World War II, when over 200 welded-steel ships broke in half due to brittle fracture, caused by a combination of the stresses created from the welding process, temperature changes, and the stress points created at the square corners of the bulkheads.
Her style of "brittle comedy" was seen in plays like "June Moon" (1929) by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner, and "Once in a Lifetime" (1930) by Kaufman and Moss Hart.
I remember the weird cadence of their song in the dark distance; I remember the brittle sound of the camel's hooves crushing the frozen show; and I remember the mysterious tinkling of their silver bridles.
In particular, graphene's mechanical strength and flexibility are advantageous compared to indium tin oxide, which is brittle.
It has perfect cleavage on and [110 and its fracture is conchoidal. It is very brittle.
It is intricately branched into brittle red or green twigs.
It was also noted that the shell was becoming very brittle, being made of thin alloy and being over 40 years old.
It's tough, believable, and full of brittle truth and that glimmer of hope that makes country songs of any stripe special." Chart performance.
Metallurgists of the 19th century were unable to produce the combination of low carbon and high chromium found in most modern stainless steels, and the high-chromium alloys they could produce were too brittle to be practical. In the late 1890s Hans Goldschmidt of Germany developed an aluminothermic (thermite) process for producing carbon-free chromium.
More recent translations include "The Brittle Age" and "Returning Upland", two volumes from Char's work of the mid to late 1960s that Sobin chose to translate in full, published posthumously in 2009, side by side with Char's French text.
Over time, rubber-insulated cables become brittle because of exposure to atmospheric oxygen, so they must be handled with care, and are usually replaced during renovations.
Silk, lace, and wool when bleached with chlorine become hard and brittle, but when whitened with sulphurous acid, they retain their natural characteristics.
The case was described in the 1983 book "The Devil in Connecticut" by Gerald Brittle.
The florid discourse was considered "quasi spiritual" and "deeply sensual." The second song, "Damita Jo", is composed of hip-hop and brittle funk.
The main characters include William Rackham, the unwilling heir to a perfume business; Agnes, William's brittle, long-suffering "mad wife in the attic"; and Sugar, a decidedly unconventional and strong-willed young prostitute whose intense affair with William gives her the opportunity to climb to a higher perch in the rigidly stratified class system of the time.
The outside of the cake is then thickly coated with more buttercream and topped with caramel-covered brittle nuts, called "Krokant", toasted almond flakes and/or ground hazelnuts.
The result of the inquiry was that the design of the structure was fundamentally flawed, as the wrought iron did not reinforce the cast iron at all, and that, owing to repeated flexing, the casting had suffered a brittle failure due to fatigue.
The roof was the soundest part, though a good deal warped and made brittle by the sun.
The roots are fibrous and branches are brittle.
The term is taken from the title of Terry Sanders' 1987 film "Slow Fires: On the preservation of the human record." Solutions to this problem include the use of acid-free paper stocks, reformatting brittle books by microfilming, photocopying or digitization, and a variety of deacidification techniques.
The wood is brittle and hard, but does not rot easily; it is used for fence posts and railroad ties.
These books include "Reinventing Fire", "Winning the Oil Endgame", "Small is Profitable", "Brittle Power", and "Natural Capitalism".
This crystal structure makes such steels virtually non-magnetic and less brittle at low temperatures.
This makes the wood become brightly coloured (various shades from translucent yellow to dark red) and very aromatic with a brittle, glassy feel.
TIG welding (Tungsten Inert Gas) produces less heat distortion, but produces a harder, more brittle weld that may cause problems when planishing/smoothing by hand, or in the wheeling machine.
Tin-coated wood anodes can replace stiff anode bases that are too brittle to withstand the swelling and shrinking that happens as ions move to and from the anode.
True, from the unmarred dead body of the whale, you may scrape off with your hand an infinitely thin, transparent substance, somewhat resembling the thinnest shreds of isinglass, only it is almost as flexible and soft as satin; that is, previous to being dried, when it not only contracts and thickens, but becomes rather hard and brittle.
When dry the funiculus is brittle, but when wet it is capable of long extension.
When the rock cooled down, it would become brittle and crack, allowing manual tools such as wedges and sledge hammers to be brought to bear.
When wood is burned without sufficient air, it is changed into soft brittle charcoal, which is very different from wood.

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