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5 definitions found
 for brittle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brittle \Brit"tle\, a. [OE. britel, brutel, AS. bryttian to
     dispense, fr. bre['o]tan to break; akin to Icel. brytja, Sw.
     bryta, Dan. bryde. Cf. Brickle.]
     Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Farewell, thou pretty, brittle piece
           Of fine-cut crystal.                     --Cotton.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Brittle silver ore, the mineral stephanite.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  brittle
      adj 1: having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or
             fractured or snapped; "brittle bones"; "glass is
             brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal" [syn:
             brittle, brickle, brickly]
      2: lacking warmth and generosity of spirit; "a brittle and
         calculating woman"
      3: (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily
         cracked or fractured [syn: brittle, unannealed]
      n 1: caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets [syn: brittle,
           toffee, toffy]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  99 Moby Thesaurus words for "brittle":
     atrophied, breakable, brittle as glass, capricious, changeable,
     cheap-jack, cobwebby, corruptible, crackable, crisp, crispy,
     crumbly, crump, crushable, dainty, deciduous, delicate,
     delicately weak, desiccated, dried-up, dying, effeminate,
     emaciated, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, fickle, fissile,
     fleeting, flimsy, flitting, fly-by-night, flying, fracturable,
     fragile, frail, frangible, friable, fugacious, fugitive, gimcrack,
     gimcracky, gossamery, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive,
     inconstant, insecure, insubstantial, jerry, jerry-built, lacerable,
     light, lightweight, momentary, mortal, mutable, namby-pamby,
     nondurable, nonpermanent, papery, parchmenty, passing, pasteboardy,
     perishable, puny, scissile, sensitive, sere, shatterable, shattery,
     shivery, short-lived, shriveled, shrunken, sissified, sleazy,
     slight, splintery, tacky, temporal, temporary, transient,
     transitive, transitory, undurable, unenduring, unstable,
     unsubstantial, volatile, vulnerable, wasted, weak, wilted, wispy,
     withered, wizened, womanish, wrinkled
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  brittle
   adj.
  
      Said of software that is functional but easily broken by changes in
      operating environment or configuration, or by any minor tweak to the
      software itself. Also, any system that responds inappropriately and
      disastrously to abnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g., a file system
      that is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is said to be brittle.
      This term is often used to describe the results of a research effort that
      were never intended to be robust, but it can be applied to commercial
      software, which (due to closed-source development) displays the quality far
      more often than it ought to. Oppose robust.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  brittle
  fragile
  
      Said of software that is functional but easily
     broken by changes in operating environment or configuration,
     or by any minor tweak to the software itself.  Also, any
     system that responds inappropriately and disastrously to
     abnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g. a file system
     that is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is said
     to be brittle.  This term is often used to describe the
     results of a research effort that were never intended to be
     robust, but it can be applied to commercially developed
     software, which displays the quality far more often than it
     ought to.
  
     Opposite of robust.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-05-09)
  

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