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Word: frail

Definition: weak; N. frailty


Sentences Containing 'frail'

The paddle wheel might be so heavy that the stream could not turn it, or so frail in comparison with the water force that the stream would destroy it.
There is nothing but that frail breastwork of earth between the people and destruction.
But excessive grief is like a storm at sea, where the frail bark is tossed from the depths to the top of the wave.
said the fair, frail girl to her brunette companion.
Here one curses her and calls her capricious, fickle, and immodest, there another condemns her as frail and frivolous; this pardons and absolves her, that spurns and reviles her; one extols her beauty, another assails her character, and in short all abuse her, and all adore her, and to such a pitch has this general infatuation gone that there are some who complain of her scorn without ever having exchanged a word with her, and even some that bewail and mourn the raging fever of jealousy, for which she never gave anyone cause, for, as I have already said, her misconduct was known before her passion.
'He struck me as being a very beautiful and graceful creature, but indescribably frail.
And besides, they looked so frail that I could fancy myself flinging the whole dozen of them about like nine-pins.
It let loose the judgment I had suspended upon their clothes, their frail light limbs, and fragile features.
Instead were these frail creatures who had forgotten their high ancestry, and the white Things of which I went in terror.
'With respect to the pecuniary assistance enabling us to launch our frail canoe on the ocean of enterprise, I have reconsidered that important business-point; and would beg to propose my notes of hand--drawn, it is needless to stipulate, on stamps of the amounts respectively required by the various Acts of Parliament applying to such securities--at eighteen, twenty-four, and thirty months.
As now he thus vainly strove, the jaw slipped from him; the frail gunwales bent in, collapsed, and snapped, as both jaws, like an enormous shears, sliding further aft, bit the craft completely in twain, and locked themselves fast again in the sea, midway between the two floating wrecks.

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