AskDefine | Define brittleness

Dictionary Definition

brittleness n : firm but easily broken [syn: crispness, crispiness]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The property by virtue of which a material is fractured without appreciable deformation by the application of load
  2. The state of being brittle; aptness to break; fragility.


Extensive Definition


  • Lewis, Peter Rhys, Reynolds, K, and Gagg, C, Forensic Materials Engineering: Case studies, CRC Press (2004).

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brittleness in German: Sprödigkeit
brittleness in Spanish: Fragilidad
brittleness in Esperanto: Rompiĝemo
brittleness in French: Fragilité
brittleness in Indonesian: Rapuh
brittleness in Italian: Fragilità
brittleness in Dutch: Brosheid
brittleness in Japanese: 脆性
brittleness in Polish: Kruchość
brittleness in Vietnamese: Độ dòn
brittleness in Ukrainian: Крихкість
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