frangible early 15c., from M.Fr. frangible, from M.L. frangibilis, from L. frangere "to break" (see FRACTION (Cf. fraction)).

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  • Frangible — Fran gi*ble, a. [Cf. F. frangible.] Capable of being broken; brittle; fragile; easily broken. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frangible — (del sup. lat. «frangibĭlis») adj. Que puede partirse en pedazos. * * * frangible. (Del lat. *frangibĭlis). adj. Capaz de quebrarse o partirse …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • frangible — index nonsubstantial (not sturdy) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • frangible — *fragile, brittle, crisp, short, friable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • frangible — (Del lat. *frangibĭlis). adj. Capaz de quebrarse o partirse …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • frangible — [fran′jə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr < ML frangibilis < L frangere, BREAK] breakable; fragile SYN. FRAGILE frangibility n …   English World dictionary

  • Frangible — A material is said to be frangible if through deformation it tends to break up into fragments, rather than deforming plastically and retaining its cohesion as a single object. A common cookie or cracker are examples of frangible materials, while… …   Wikipedia

  • Frangible — Zerbersten eines Frangible Geschosses bei einem Belastungstest Frangible ist eine Eigenschaft spezieller Projektile und bedeutet, dass diese Projektile so konstruiert sind, dass sie beim Auftreffen auf harte Ziele in sehr kleine Teile… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • frangible — /ˈfrændʒəbəl / (say franjuhbuhl) adjective 1. capable of being broken; breakable. 2. (of telegraph poles, etc.) designed to detach from a solid base at ground level upon the impact of a motor vehicle. –noun 3. a telegraph pole which is frangible …  

  • frangible — frangibility, frangibleness, n. /fran jeuh beuhl/, adj. easily broken; breakable: Most frangible toys are not suitable for young children. [1375 1425; late ME < OF, deriv. of L frangere to BREAK; see IBLE] Syn. fragile, frail. * * * …   Universalium

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