• Crack Willow. Brittle Willow
    Crack Willow. Brittle Willow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brittleness firm but easily broken
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brittleness Aptness to break; fragility.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brittleness Instability; changeableness.
    • n brittleness The property of breaking readily with a comparatively smooth fracture; frangibility: the opposite of toughness and tenacity.
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In literature:

Jagged and pointed, it was like needles and razors to walk on; and it was brittle as it was hard.
"Pieces of Eight" by Richard le Gallienne
Its brittle blossoms quivered like innocence appalled.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The walls of varicose veins are often exceedingly brittle.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
She kept him on the brittle edge of nervous expectation.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Some add a little shellac, but much will make it very brittle.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
Round about forty a man begins to get a bit brittle like.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Her heart is brittle, depend upon it.
"Betty at Fort Blizzard" by Molly Elliot Seawell
The SCYTHE is an emblem of time, which cuts the brittle thread of life, and launches us into eternity.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Slate is very hard and brittle.
"Chambers's Elementary Science Readers" by Various
She has bone, not brittle sticks of phosphate of lime.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various

In poetry:

As leaves are from the trees soon blown away,
Or as the shears divide the thick-pil'd fleece,
Or as the lilies of the field decay,
Or as the brittle glass is broke with ease:
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
Rho. Now fie upon that valour which depends
On circumstance of time or place,
Tis relative vertue, that like glasse is brittle,
Whose force soone dyes and perfects very little.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act III" by Ralph Knevet
A branch whose leaves cling to the withering staff
Like precious toys of gilt and scarlet paint,
An emblem Life and Death share half-and-half,
A brittle sceptre for a dying saint.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Surely my friend, I need not say to thee,
Look not to earth for what it can't bestow;
'Tis at the best a frail and brittle reed,
Which trusting for support, will pierce thee through.
"Life's Changes" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Lord, how can man preach thy eternall word?
He is a brittle crazie glasse;
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
This glorious and transcendent place,
To be a window, through thy grace.
"The Windows" by George Herbert
The long grass burned brown
In the summer's fierce heat, Snaps brittle and dry
'Neath the traveller's feet, As over the prairie,
Through all the long day, His white, tent-like wagon
Moves slow on its way.
"The Prairie on Fire" by Phoebe Cary

In news:

Brittle, dry and chemically-damaged hair will benefit from Salon Grafix's new Healthy Hair Nutrition Conditioning Cleanser .
The new line of air hoses is engineered to perform in temperatures as low as 40 below zero, where many hoses become brittle and fail.
Securely holding many so called exotic materials - ceramics, carbides, glass, and other brittle blanks - is a challenge.
Congie DeVito had osteogenesis imperfecta, a brittle-bone.
Want to learn to characterize coffee beans' flavor as redolent of peanut brittle, cocoa or wet hay.
Their voices were strained, as if the brittle words they carried would dissolve mid-sentence and tumble to the carpet.
The device, inspired by silicon chips, looks like an Oreo coated in titanium Therapy for brittle, fracture-prone bones.
So any time I left her hospital bed to stagger towards the elevators and the brittle construction of normalcy that existed beyond, I was forced to walk past all the other rooms in the pediatric ICU.
Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream and Pumpkin-Seed Brittle.
We take this trademark Thanksgiving dessert and add an irresistible layer of pecan brittle.
I have the perfect way for you to think warm during this brittle cold spell.
The whole rig needs to be inspected regularly, since very fine tolerances are involved and many of the lightweight materials used to improve a boat's performance are deceptively brittle.
The Kremlin shows its brittleness by punishing a symbol of opposition.
There's something about brittle fall afternoons and autumn's red, yellow and orange landscape that speaks directly to a sportsman's heart.
Le Sang Song is the solo guise of Seattle's Craig Chambers, who also fronts the noise-garage duo Love Tan and the more brittle trio the Lights.

In science:

In this paper, I will summarize formal work done in collaboration with Jennifer Hodgdon and Alex Buchel [2,3] on nucleation and growth of cracks in brittle, isotropic, homogeneous materials.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
So, we’ll focus on brittle fracture, where we perhaps can assume that the material far from the crack tip does not irreversibly transform.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
So, fundamentally, what is the fracture nucleation rate for our brittle, homogeneous material? This is actually a deep theoretical physics question.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
The lowest energy state (free energy, to be pedantic) for a large cube of brittle material under external strain can easily be seen to be broken in two.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
On the other hand, at 300 K, Ru breaks by a much more brittle process of fracture/decohesion with limited plastic deformation.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au